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From: Jérémie_Lumbroso <jeremie.lumbroso@g...>
Subject: Re: Re : [Caml-list] Specifying recursive modules?
Thank you both for your help. I had not tried to encapsulate the
specification inside a module type, but I had tried the .mli file: a
careless typo (module rec Tmp = sig ... instead of module rec Tmp :
sig ...) made me think I was obtaining the same error as with the
toplevel.

Jérémie

On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 4:46 PM, Matthieu Wipliez <mwipliez@yahoo.fr> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> if you want to use recursive modules in the top-level, it seems that you must use the definition form:
>
>        Objective Caml version 3.10.2
>
> # module rec Tmp : sig
>    type t = Stop | Next of Tmp.t
>  end =
>  struct
>    type t = Stop | Next of Tmp.t
>  end;;
> module rec Tmp : sig type t = Stop | Next of Tmp.t end
> #
>
> My guess is that the specification is only valid inside a .mli file. And indeed:
>
> modrec.mli:
> module rec Tmp : sig type t = Stop | Next of Tmp.t end
>
> "ocamlc -c modrec.mli" works fine,
> while
> "ocamlc -c modrec.ml" (with modrec.ml having the same contents as modrec.mli) complains it has a syntax error.
>
> Matthieu
>
> ----- Message d'origine ----
>
>> De : Jérémie Lumbroso <jeremie.lumbroso@etu.upmc.fr>
>> À : caml-list@inria.fr
>> Envoyé le : Mercredi, 20 Août 2008, 16h31mn 51s
>> Objet : [Caml-list] Specifying recursive modules?
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I'd always thought of separating specification and definition as
>> simply not possible in OCaml, but OCaml's reference manual (3.10,
>> which is, as far as I can tell, the most recent version of the
>> documentation) seems to contradict my assumption:
>>
>> http://caml.inria.fr/pub/docs/manual-ocaml/manual021.html#htoc100
>>
>> It says that recursive specifications can be written as:
>>
>>
>>   module rec : { and ... }
>>
>>
>> What does this mean? When I attempt to use this feature in the
>> toplevel, it results in an error:
>>
>>
>>   # module rec Tmp : sig
>>       type t = Stop | Next of Tmp.t
>>     end**;;**
>>   Syntax error
>>
>>
>> On the off-chance that OCaml might explicitly need an "and", I also
>> tried adding a second dummy module to the definition, but no dice ...
>> When I try to use this feature in a .mli/.ml file coupling, I get the
>> same (syntax) error. Have I misunderstood the usage? Or has this been
>> removed since its introduction (and the documentation not updated
>> accordingly)? Or is this a bug?
>>
>> Jérémie
>>
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