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On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 3:28 AM, Marc de Falco <marc@de-falco.fr> wrote:
> Hi, I've come across a very strange error, and I'm not sure if it is
> a bug or a feature.
>
> The following code :
> type 'a p = R of 'a t | E of float
> and 'a t = { mutable p : 'a p; c : 'a }
> let f =
> let x = sqrt(2.0) in
> fun () -> { c = `A; p = E 0.0 }
>
> generates the error :
> The type of this expression, unit -> _[> `A ] t,
> contains type variables that cannot be generalized
>
> but if I change the x definition to "let x = 2.0 in" then it works.
>
> Another solution is to add a dummy parameter "let f ?(dummy=())" this works
> too.
I think this is just the value restriction. The type of f is
generalized only if the right hand side is a value (rather than an
expression needing some computation); in your examples the one that
fails is not a value, the others are. It looks like there is a
relaxation to allow let bindings which are themselves values.
Jake