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Private types trigger false positive with -Ywarn-unused:-privates #11387

eatkins opened this Issue Jan 31, 2019 · 3 comments


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eatkins commented Jan 31, 2019

The following code will generate the error "private type Alias in object Foo is never used" in scala 2.12.8:

class Foo
object Foo {
  private type Alias = Foo
  def x: Foo = new Alias

This issue also came up in the example provided by @varming in the discussion of


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SethTisue commented Jan 31, 2019

I'm an unclear on why this should be a separate ticket from #10313?

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som-snytt commented Jan 31, 2019

The other example from the other ticket:

scala> object X { private class Y ; class Z extends Y }
       error: private class Y escapes its defining scope as part of type X.Y

scala> object X { private class Y ; private type YY = Y ; class Z extends YY }
defined object X

I don't know if it's the same symptom. I see YY is unused after uncurry.

Edit: the other ticket was arguably about interaction with macros, but a better mechanism would probably address both bugs.


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eatkins commented Feb 1, 2019

I see that @som-snytt already chimed in, but it was his suggestion at the bottom of #10313 that prompted my opening this issue. I have run into the issue multiple times in sbt which has both -Xfatal-warnings and -Ywarn-unused:-private set. I'd have no problem with unifying the two issues either in #10313 itself or a new issue.

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