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typestate sees `break` as applying to the outermost loop #2642

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paulstansifer opened this Issue · 14 comments

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Paul Stansifer Niko Matsakis Tim Chevalier Eric Holk
Paul Stansifer

The following code compiles (as expected):

fn main() {
    let _x: uint = loop { };
}

However, this code does not, as if the break were breaking out of the outer loop:

fn main() {
    let _x: uint = loop { loop { break; } };
}
Tim Chevalier catamorphism was assigned
Niko Matsakis

this may be a liveness bug?

Tim Chevalier

Maybe, but I'm pretty sure I know what the bug is if it's in typestate. @paulstansifer , can you post the error message?

Niko Matsakis

actually I think this is neither liveness nor typestate but rather typeck and something off in the (rather hokey) way that it tracks the notion of "bottom".

Niko Matsakis

this is the error that I see:

/Users/nmatsakis/tmp/issue-2642.rs:2:19: 2:43 error: mismatched types: expected `uint` but found `()` (uint vs ())
/Users/nmatsakis/tmp/issue-2642.rs:2     let _x: uint = loop { loop { break; } };
                                                        ^~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Tim Chevalier

Yeah, not a typestate error. I can still take a look, though.

Niko Matsakis

To be honest, I am not sure that the type system ought to be in the business of tracking bottom.

Paul Stansifer

Oops, sorry folks. That's the same as the error I get.

Paul Stansifer

It's really useful if you want to return from inside an otherwise infinite loop, which is what led me to this bug.

Niko Matsakis

but why are you "assigning" the loop to a local variable in the first place?

Niko Matsakis

it seems to me that loops and complex constructs that may or may not be bottom should just have unit type. Something like ret or what have you can still have bottom type.

Paul Stansifer

I probably should've reduced it to an example that looks more like the code I'm interested in:

fn f() -> uint {
  loop {
    if some_cond { ret 8u; }
    loop { break; }
  }
}

In this case, we need bottom to acknowledge that nothing will ever fall off the end of the outer loop, preventing the need for a dummy, dead code ret statement.

Eric Holk

I think I usually just use fail if I need to convince the compiler that some code will never run.

Tim Chevalier

Yes, but the point of introducing loop was to make it possible to omit fails in some common cases... so I'm with Paul at least until I look at the typeck code and decide it's too hard to fix ;-)

Niko Matsakis

Paul's example is more convincing. I guess we have to make it work due to the fact that loops are expressions and can appear in tail position in a block. sigh

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