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unexpected type error when packing a module alias #6982

vicuna opened this issue Sep 8, 2015 · 2 comments


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commented Sep 8, 2015

Original bug ID: 6982
Reporter: @sliquister
Assigned to: @garrigue
Status: closed (set by @xavierleroy on 2017-02-16T14:14:59Z)
Resolution: fixed
Priority: normal
Severity: minor
Version: 4.02.2
Fixed in version: 4.03.0+dev / +beta1
Category: typing
Monitored by: @gasche @hcarty

Bug description

When building the code below, I get the error:

File "", line 25, characters 18-25:
Error: The type t in this module cannot be exported.
Its type contains local dependencies:
(module %M.A_S)

As you can see in the test, it only happens when I pack an alias, not if I use the module pointed to by the alias, and not if I force the alias to be expanded. Since the code types when not using an alias, I would expect it to type when using an alias.

Apparently, in Typemod.type_package, the typer rewrites (module Some_alias) into (module let %M = Some_alias in %M), and then complains that %M is free in the package type.
I think if the pattern that matches Tmod_ident also matches aliases, that would fix the problem. Perhaps using nondep_supertype somewhere would also fix it, but that sounds more heavyweight.

Steps to reproduce


module A = struct
module type A_S = sig

type t = (module A_S)

module type S = sig type t end

let f (type a) (module X : S with type t = a) = ()

let _ = f (module A) (* ok *)

module A_annotated_alias : S with type t = (module A.A_S) = A

let _ = f (module A_annotated_alias) (* ok )
let _ = f (module A_annotated_alias : S with type t = (module A.A_S)) (
ok *)

module A_alias = A
module A_alias_expanded = struct include A_alias end

let _ = f (module A_alias_expanded : S with type t = (module A.A_S)) (* ok )
let _ = f (module A_alias_expanded) (
ok *)

let _ = f (module A_alias : S with type t = (module A.A_S)) (* doesn't type )
let _ = f (module A_alias) (
doesn't type either *)


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commented Sep 8, 2015

Comment author: @sliquister

Also with more parens on the second to last line, it can be accepted:

let _ = f (module (A_alias : S with type t = (module A.A_S))) (* ok *)


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commented Sep 9, 2015

Comment author: @garrigue

Fixed in trunk at revision 16410.
Indeed, module aliases require a coercion, which made the pattern-matching fail.
While the extra example shows that this had no impact on other code paths, they are probably not equivalent in expressiveness.

@vicuna vicuna closed this Feb 16, 2017

@vicuna vicuna added the typing label Mar 14, 2019

@vicuna vicuna added the bug label Mar 20, 2019

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