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From: Tom Hirschowitz <Tom.Hirschowitz@i...>
Subject: [Caml-list] Module equivalence across definitions


Hi, 

I think it is more a question of datatypes than of 
applicative functors, in the sense that if you replace 
the module B with something like

module B(X:T) = struct
  type t = int
  let v = 2
end

then it works.

It's just because sum types are some kind of abstract 
types, the constructors interfacing them with the outer 
world. For instance :

# module A = struct type t = A end;;

# module B = struct type t = A end;;

# A.A = B.A;;
This expression has type A.t but is here used with type B.t

Do you agree?

Lauri Alanko writes:
 > [Pardon for possible duplicates]
 > 
 > Hello. Given:
 > 
 > 
 > module type T = sig
 >   type t
 > end
 > 
 > module A : T = struct
 >   type t = A
 > end
 > 
 > module B(X:T) = struct
 >   type t = B
 >   let v = B
 > end
 > 
 > module type CT = sig
 >   val a : B(A).t
 > end
 > 
 > module C : CT = struct
 >   module Aalias = A
 >   module BA = B(Aalias)
 >   let a = BA.v
 > end
 > 
 > 
 > I get an error:
 > 
 > 
 > Signature mismatch:
 > Modules do not match:
 >   sig
 >     module Aalias : sig type t = A.t end
 >     module BA : sig type t = B(Aalias).t = B val v : t end
 >     val a : BA.t
 >   end
 > is not included in
 >   CT
 > Values do not match: val a : BA.t is not included in val a : B(A).t
 > 
 > 
 > But changing "module BA = B(Aalias)" to "module BA = B(A)" makes everything
 > work.
 > 
 > What gives? I'm used to seeing structural equivalence being used everywhere
 > in O'Caml's type system, but here simply renaming a module seems to give it
 > a distinct new identity. Is this a bug or a feature?
 > 
 > 
 > Lauri Alanko
 > la@iki.fi
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