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Date: 2001-07-23 (13:04)
From: Markus Mottl <markus@m...>
Subject: [Caml-list] illegal permutation of structure fields?

I've just found out to my surprise that the following does not work:

file: bla.ml
module type FOO = sig
  val x : int
  val y : int

file: bla.mli
module type FOO = sig
  val y : int
  val x : int

This yields the following error:

  The implementation bla.ml does not match the interface bla.cmi:
  Module type declarations do not match:
    module type FOO = sig val x : int val y : int end
  is not included in
    module type FOO = sig val y : int val x : int end
  Illegal permutation of structure fields

Why is this illegal? Wouldn't it be very straightforward to normalize
the signatures (e.g. sort elements by name) before matching them?

I knew that there is a somewhat similar restriction for record types,
which does not allow permutation of record elements in the type
definitions of implementation and interface.

In the latter case I see that without normalization there would be
problems correctly accessing record elements, but I don't quite understand
the rationale behind the first restriction.

Wouldn't normalization get rid of the problems in both cases? Or am I
overlooking anything?

Markus Mottl

Markus Mottl                                             markus@oefai.at
Austrian Research Institute
for Artificial Intelligence                  http://www.oefai.at/~markus
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