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Type of Nothing is lost when multiple implicits are summoned for it in a chain #11715

neko-kai opened this issue Aug 28, 2019 · 1 comment


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commented Aug 28, 2019


import scala.reflect.runtime.universe.{TypeTag, typeTag}

final class Tag[T](t: TypeTag[T])
object Tag {
  implicit def ev[T: TypeTag]: Tag[T] = new Tag(typeTag)

final class X[T](t: Tag[T])
object X {
  def apply[T: X]: X[T] = implicitly

  implicit def ev[T](implicit t: Tag[T]): X[T] = new X(t)

  // this is ok
//  implicit def ev[T](implicit t: TypeTag[T]): X[T] = new X(new Tag(t))

object App extends App {
  // ok
  // could not find implicit value for evidence parameter of type X[Nothing]

Nothing morphed into T >: Nothing in the second chained implicit. Tested on 2.13.0, 2.12.9.
-Xlog-implicits output:

[info] example.scala:20:4: materializing requested reflect.runtime.universe.type.TypeTag[Int] using scala.reflect.api.`package`.materializeTypeTag[Int](scala.reflect.runtime.`package`.universe)
[info]   X[Int]
[info]    ^
[info] example.scala:21:4: materializing requested reflect.runtime.universe.type.TypeTag[Singleton] using scala.reflect.api.`package`.materializeTypeTag[Singleton](scala.reflect.runtime.`package`.universe)
[info]   X[Singleton]
[info]    ^
[info] example.scala:22:4: materializing requested reflect.runtime.universe.type.TypeTag[Any] using scala.reflect.api.`package`.materializeTypeTag[Any](scala.reflect.runtime.`package`.universe)
[info]   X[Any]
[info]    ^
[info] example.scala:24:4: materializing requested reflect.runtime.universe.type.TypeTag[T] using scala.reflect.api.`package`.materializeTypeTag[T](scala.reflect.runtime.`package`.universe)
[info]   X[Nothing]
[info]    ^
[info] example.scala:24:4: X.ev is not a valid implicit value for X[Nothing] because:
[info] hasMatchingSymbol reported error: type mismatch;
[info]  found   : Tag[Nothing]
[info]  required: Tag[T]
[info] Note: Nothing <: T, but class Tag is invariant in type T.
[info] You may wish to define T as +T instead. (SLS 4.5)
[info]   X[Nothing]
[info]    ^
[error] example.scala:24:4: could not find implicit value for evidence parameter of type X[Nothing]
[error]   X[Nothing]
[error]    ^

Currently working around that in multiple places by replacing implicit chains with macros.


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commented Aug 28, 2019

Probably an incarnation of the ancient #4982.

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