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author | Adam Chlipala <adam@chlipala.net> |
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date | Tue, 08 Mar 2016 11:50:53 -0500 |

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adam@534 | 1 (* Copyright (c) 2008-2012, 2015, Adam Chlipala |

adamc@132 | 2 * |

adamc@132 | 3 * This work is licensed under a |

adamc@132 | 4 * Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 |

adamc@132 | 5 * Unported License. |

adamc@132 | 6 * The license text is available at: |

adamc@132 | 7 * http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ |

adamc@132 | 8 *) |

adamc@132 | 9 |

adamc@132 | 10 (* begin hide *) |

adamc@132 | 11 Require Import List. |

adamc@132 | 12 |

adam@534 | 13 Require Import Cpdt.CpdtTactics. |

adamc@132 | 14 |

adamc@132 | 15 Set Implicit Arguments. |

adam@534 | 16 Set Asymmetric Patterns. |

adamc@132 | 17 (* end hide *) |

adamc@132 | 18 |

adamc@132 | 19 |

adam@324 | 20 (** %\chapter{Proof Search in Ltac}% *) |

adamc@132 | 21 |

adam@328 | 22 (** We have seen many examples of proof automation so far, some with tantalizing code snippets from Ltac, Coq's domain-specific language for proof search procedures. This chapter aims to give a bottom-up presentation of the features of Ltac, focusing in particular on the Ltac %\index{tactics!match}%[match] construct, which supports a novel approach to backtracking search. First, though, we will run through some useful automation tactics that are built into Coq. They are described in detail in the manual, so we only outline what is possible. *) |

adamc@132 | 23 |

adamc@132 | 24 (** * Some Built-In Automation Tactics *) |

adamc@132 | 25 |

adam@386 | 26 (** A number of tactics are called repeatedly by [crush]. The %\index{tactics!intuition}%[intuition] tactic simplifies propositional structure of goals. The %\index{tactics!congruence}%[congruence] tactic applies the rules of equality and congruence closure, plus properties of constructors of inductive types. The %\index{tactics!omega}%[omega] tactic provides a complete decision procedure for a theory that is called %\index{linear arithmetic}%quantifier-free linear arithmetic or %\index{Presburger arithmetic}%Presburger arithmetic, depending on whom you ask. That is, [omega] proves any goal that follows from looking only at parts of that goal that can be interpreted as propositional formulas whose atomic formulas are basic comparison operations on natural numbers or integers, with operands built from constants, variables, addition, and subtraction (with multiplication by a constant available as a shorthand for addition or subtraction). |

adamc@132 | 27 |

adam@411 | 28 The %\index{tactics!ring}%[ring] tactic solves goals by appealing to the axioms of rings or semi-rings (as in algebra), depending on the type involved. Coq developments may declare new types to be parts of rings and semi-rings by proving the associated axioms. There is a similar tactic [field] for simplifying values in fields by conversion to fractions over rings. Both [ring] and [field] can only solve goals that are equalities. The %\index{tactics!fourier}%[fourier] tactic uses Fourier's method to prove inequalities over real numbers, which are axiomatized in the Coq standard library. |

adamc@132 | 29 |

adam@431 | 30 The%\index{setoids}% _setoid_ facility makes it possible to register new equivalence relations to be understood by tactics like [rewrite]. For instance, [Prop] is registered as a setoid with the equivalence relation "if and only if." The ability to register new setoids can be very useful in proofs of a kind common in math, where all reasoning is done after "modding out by a relation." |

adam@328 | 31 |

adam@431 | 32 There are several other built-in "black box" automation tactics, which one can learn about by perusing the Coq manual. The real promise of Coq, though, is in the coding of problem-specific tactics with Ltac. *) |

adamc@132 | 33 |

adamc@132 | 34 |

adamc@135 | 35 (** * Ltac Programming Basics *) |

adamc@135 | 36 |

adam@328 | 37 (** We have already seen many examples of Ltac programs. In the rest of this chapter, we attempt to give a thorough introduction to the important features and design patterns. |

adamc@135 | 38 |

adamc@135 | 39 One common use for [match] tactics is identification of subjects for case analysis, as we see in this tactic definition. *) |

adamc@135 | 40 |

adamc@141 | 41 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 42 Ltac find_if := |

adamc@135 | 43 match goal with |

adamc@135 | 44 | [ |- if ?X then _ else _ ] => destruct X |

adamc@135 | 45 end. |

adamc@141 | 46 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 47 |

adamc@135 | 48 (** The tactic checks if the conclusion is an [if], [destruct]ing the test expression if so. Certain classes of theorem are trivial to prove automatically with such a tactic. *) |

adamc@135 | 49 |

adamc@135 | 50 Theorem hmm : forall (a b c : bool), |

adamc@135 | 51 if a |

adamc@135 | 52 then if b |

adamc@135 | 53 then True |

adamc@135 | 54 else True |

adamc@135 | 55 else if c |

adamc@135 | 56 then True |

adamc@135 | 57 else True. |

adamc@141 | 58 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 59 intros; repeat find_if; constructor. |

adamc@135 | 60 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 61 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 62 |

adam@411 | 63 (** The %\index{tactics!repeat}%[repeat] that we use here is called a%\index{tactical}% _tactical_, or tactic combinator. The behavior of [repeat t] is to loop through running [t], running [t] on all generated subgoals, running [t] on _their_ generated subgoals, and so on. When [t] fails at any point in this search tree, that particular subgoal is left to be handled by later tactics. Thus, it is important never to use [repeat] with a tactic that always succeeds. |

adamc@135 | 64 |

adam@411 | 65 Another very useful Ltac building block is%\index{context patterns}% _context patterns_. *) |

adamc@135 | 66 |

adamc@141 | 67 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 68 Ltac find_if_inside := |

adamc@135 | 69 match goal with |

adamc@135 | 70 | [ |- context[if ?X then _ else _] ] => destruct X |

adamc@135 | 71 end. |

adamc@141 | 72 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 73 |

adamc@135 | 74 (** The behavior of this tactic is to find any subterm of the conclusion that is an [if] and then [destruct] the test expression. This version subsumes [find_if]. *) |

adamc@135 | 75 |

adamc@135 | 76 Theorem hmm' : forall (a b c : bool), |

adamc@135 | 77 if a |

adamc@135 | 78 then if b |

adamc@135 | 79 then True |

adamc@135 | 80 else True |

adamc@135 | 81 else if c |

adamc@135 | 82 then True |

adamc@135 | 83 else True. |

adamc@141 | 84 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 85 intros; repeat find_if_inside; constructor. |

adamc@135 | 86 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 87 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 88 |

adamc@135 | 89 (** We can also use [find_if_inside] to prove goals that [find_if] does not simplify sufficiently. *) |

adamc@135 | 90 |

adamc@141 | 91 Theorem hmm2 : forall (a b : bool), |

adamc@135 | 92 (if a then 42 else 42) = (if b then 42 else 42). |

adamc@141 | 93 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 94 intros; repeat find_if_inside; reflexivity. |

adamc@135 | 95 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 96 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 97 |

adam@431 | 98 (** Many decision procedures can be coded in Ltac via "[repeat match] loops." For instance, we can implement a subset of the functionality of [tauto]. *) |

adamc@135 | 99 |

adamc@141 | 100 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 101 Ltac my_tauto := |

adamc@135 | 102 repeat match goal with |

adamc@135 | 103 | [ H : ?P |- ?P ] => exact H |

adamc@135 | 104 |

adamc@135 | 105 | [ |- True ] => constructor |

adamc@135 | 106 | [ |- _ /\ _ ] => constructor |

adamc@135 | 107 | [ |- _ -> _ ] => intro |

adamc@135 | 108 |

adamc@135 | 109 | [ H : False |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@135 | 110 | [ H : _ /\ _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@135 | 111 | [ H : _ \/ _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@135 | 112 |

adam@328 | 113 | [ H1 : ?P -> ?Q, H2 : ?P |- _ ] => specialize (H1 H2) |

adamc@135 | 114 end. |

adamc@141 | 115 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 116 |

adam@328 | 117 (** Since [match] patterns can share unification variables between hypothesis and conclusion patterns, it is easy to figure out when the conclusion matches a hypothesis. The %\index{tactics!exact}%[exact] tactic solves a goal completely when given a proof term of the proper type. |

adamc@135 | 118 |

adam@328 | 119 It is also trivial to implement the introduction rules (in the sense of %\index{natural deduction}%natural deduction%~\cite{TAPLNatDed}%) for a few of the connectives. Implementing elimination rules is only a little more work, since we must give a name for a hypothesis to [destruct]. |

adamc@135 | 120 |

adam@484 | 121 The last rule implements modus ponens, using a tactic %\index{tactics!specialize}%[specialize] which will replace a hypothesis with a version that is specialized to a provided set of arguments (for quantified variables or local hypotheses from implications). By convention, when the argument to [specialize] is an application of a hypothesis [H] to a set of arguments, the result of the specialization replaces [H]. For other terms, the outcome is the same as with [generalize]. *) |

adamc@135 | 122 |

adamc@135 | 123 Section propositional. |

adamc@135 | 124 Variables P Q R : Prop. |

adamc@135 | 125 |

adamc@138 | 126 Theorem propositional : (P \/ Q \/ False) /\ (P -> Q) -> True /\ Q. |

adamc@141 | 127 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 128 my_tauto. |

adamc@135 | 129 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 130 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 131 End propositional. |

adamc@135 | 132 |

adam@328 | 133 (** It was relatively easy to implement modus ponens, because we do not lose information by clearing every implication that we use. If we want to implement a similarly complete procedure for quantifier instantiation, we need a way to ensure that a particular proposition is not already included among our hypotheses. To do that effectively, we first need to learn a bit more about the semantics of [match]. |

adamc@135 | 134 |

adamc@135 | 135 It is tempting to assume that [match] works like it does in ML. In fact, there are a few critical differences in its behavior. One is that we may include arbitrary expressions in patterns, instead of being restricted to variables and constructors. Another is that the same variable may appear multiple times, inducing an implicit equality constraint. |

adamc@135 | 136 |

adam@398 | 137 There is a related pair of two other differences that are much more important than the others. The [match] construct has a _backtracking semantics for failure_. In ML, pattern matching works by finding the first pattern to match and then executing its body. If the body raises an exception, then the overall match raises the same exception. In Coq, failures in case bodies instead trigger continued search through the list of cases. |

adamc@135 | 138 |

adamc@135 | 139 For instance, this (unnecessarily verbose) proof script works: *) |

adamc@135 | 140 |

adamc@135 | 141 Theorem m1 : True. |

adamc@135 | 142 match goal with |

adamc@135 | 143 | [ |- _ ] => intro |

adamc@135 | 144 | [ |- True ] => constructor |

adamc@135 | 145 end. |

adamc@141 | 146 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 147 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 148 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 149 |

adam@460 | 150 (** The first case matches trivially, but its body tactic fails, since the conclusion does not begin with a quantifier or implication. In a similar ML match, the whole pattern-match would fail. In Coq, we backtrack and try the next pattern, which also matches. Its body tactic succeeds, so the overall tactic succeeds as well. |

adamc@135 | 151 |

adam@398 | 152 The example shows how failure can move to a different pattern within a [match]. Failure can also trigger an attempt to find _a different way of matching a single pattern_. Consider another example: *) |

adamc@135 | 153 |

adamc@135 | 154 Theorem m2 : forall P Q R : Prop, P -> Q -> R -> Q. |

adamc@135 | 155 intros; match goal with |

adamc@220 | 156 | [ H : _ |- _ ] => idtac H |

adamc@135 | 157 end. |

adamc@135 | 158 |

adam@431 | 159 (** Coq prints "[H1]". By applying %\index{tactics!idtac}%[idtac] with an argument, a convenient debugging tool for "leaking information out of [match]es," we see that this [match] first tries binding [H] to [H1], which cannot be used to prove [Q]. Nonetheless, the following variation on the tactic succeeds at proving the goal: *) |

adamc@135 | 160 |

adamc@141 | 161 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 162 match goal with |

adamc@135 | 163 | [ H : _ |- _ ] => exact H |

adamc@135 | 164 end. |

adamc@135 | 165 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 166 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 167 |

adamc@135 | 168 (** The tactic first unifies [H] with [H1], as before, but [exact H] fails in that case, so the tactic engine searches for more possible values of [H]. Eventually, it arrives at the correct value, so that [exact H] and the overall tactic succeed. *) |

adamc@135 | 169 |

adamc@135 | 170 (** Now we are equipped to implement a tactic for checking that a proposition is not among our hypotheses: *) |

adamc@135 | 171 |

adamc@141 | 172 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 173 Ltac notHyp P := |

adamc@135 | 174 match goal with |

adamc@135 | 175 | [ _ : P |- _ ] => fail 1 |

adamc@135 | 176 | _ => |

adamc@135 | 177 match P with |

adamc@135 | 178 | ?P1 /\ ?P2 => first [ notHyp P1 | notHyp P2 | fail 2 ] |

adamc@135 | 179 | _ => idtac |

adamc@135 | 180 end |

adamc@135 | 181 end. |

adamc@141 | 182 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 183 |

adam@431 | 184 (** We use the equality checking that is built into pattern-matching to see if there is a hypothesis that matches the proposition exactly. If so, we use the %\index{tactics!fail}%[fail] tactic. Without arguments, [fail] signals normal tactic failure, as you might expect. When [fail] is passed an argument [n], [n] is used to count outwards through the enclosing cases of backtracking search. In this case, [fail 1] says "fail not just in this pattern-matching branch, but for the whole [match]." The second case will never be tried when the [fail 1] is reached. |

adamc@135 | 185 |

adam@328 | 186 This second case, used when [P] matches no hypothesis, checks if [P] is a conjunction. Other simplifications may have split conjunctions into their component formulas, so we need to check that at least one of those components is also not represented. To achieve this, we apply the %\index{tactics!first}%[first] tactical, which takes a list of tactics and continues down the list until one of them does not fail. The [fail 2] at the end says to [fail] both the [first] and the [match] wrapped around it. |

adamc@135 | 187 |

adam@328 | 188 The body of the [?P1 /\ ?P2] case guarantees that, if it is reached, we either succeed completely or fail completely. Thus, if we reach the wildcard case, [P] is not a conjunction. We use %\index{tactics!idtac}%[idtac], a tactic that would be silly to apply on its own, since its effect is to succeed at doing nothing. Nonetheless, [idtac] is a useful placeholder for cases like what we see here. |

adamc@135 | 189 |

adamc@135 | 190 With the non-presence check implemented, it is easy to build a tactic that takes as input a proof term and adds its conclusion as a new hypothesis, only if that conclusion is not already present, failing otherwise. *) |

adamc@135 | 191 |

adamc@141 | 192 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 193 Ltac extend pf := |

adamc@135 | 194 let t := type of pf in |

adamc@135 | 195 notHyp t; generalize pf; intro. |

adamc@141 | 196 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 197 |

adam@386 | 198 (** We see the useful %\index{tactics!type of}%[type of] operator of Ltac. This operator could not be implemented in Gallina, but it is easy to support in Ltac. We end up with [t] bound to the type of [pf]. We check that [t] is not already present. If so, we use a [generalize]/[intro] combo to add a new hypothesis proved by [pf]. The tactic %\index{tactics!generalize}%[generalize] takes as input a term [t] (for instance, a proof of some proposition) and then changes the conclusion from [G] to [T -> G], where [T] is the type of [t] (for instance, the proposition proved by the proof [t]). |

adamc@135 | 199 |

adam@484 | 200 With these tactics defined, we can write a tactic [completer] for, among other things, adding to the context all consequences of a set of simple first-order formulas. *) |

adamc@135 | 201 |

adamc@141 | 202 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 203 Ltac completer := |

adamc@135 | 204 repeat match goal with |

adamc@135 | 205 | [ |- _ /\ _ ] => constructor |

adamc@135 | 206 | [ H : _ /\ _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adam@328 | 207 | [ H : ?P -> ?Q, H' : ?P |- _ ] => specialize (H H') |

adamc@135 | 208 | [ |- forall x, _ ] => intro |

adamc@135 | 209 |

adam@328 | 210 | [ H : forall x, ?P x -> _, H' : ?P ?X |- _ ] => extend (H X H') |

adamc@135 | 211 end. |

adamc@141 | 212 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 213 |

adamc@135 | 214 (** We use the same kind of conjunction and implication handling as previously. Note that, since [->] is the special non-dependent case of [forall], the fourth rule handles [intro] for implications, too. |

adamc@135 | 215 |

adamc@135 | 216 In the fifth rule, when we find a [forall] fact [H] with a premise matching one of our hypotheses, we add the appropriate instantiation of [H]'s conclusion, if we have not already added it. |

adamc@135 | 217 |

adam@483 | 218 We can check that [completer] is working properly, with a theorem that introduces a spurious variable whose didactic purpose we will come to shortly. *) |

adamc@135 | 219 |

adamc@135 | 220 Section firstorder. |

adamc@135 | 221 Variable A : Set. |

adamc@135 | 222 Variables P Q R S : A -> Prop. |

adamc@135 | 223 |

adamc@135 | 224 Hypothesis H1 : forall x, P x -> Q x /\ R x. |

adamc@135 | 225 Hypothesis H2 : forall x, R x -> S x. |

adamc@135 | 226 |

adam@483 | 227 Theorem fo : forall (y x : A), P x -> S x. |

adamc@141 | 228 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 229 completer. |

adamc@135 | 230 (** [[ |

adam@483 | 231 y : A |

adamc@135 | 232 x : A |

adamc@135 | 233 H : P x |

adamc@135 | 234 H0 : Q x |

adamc@135 | 235 H3 : R x |

adamc@135 | 236 H4 : S x |

adamc@135 | 237 ============================ |

adamc@135 | 238 S x |

adam@302 | 239 ]] |

adam@302 | 240 *) |

adamc@135 | 241 |

adamc@135 | 242 assumption. |

adamc@135 | 243 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 244 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 245 End firstorder. |

adamc@135 | 246 |

adam@483 | 247 (** We narrowly avoided a subtle pitfall in our definition of [completer]. Let us try another definition that even seems preferable to the original, to the untrained eye. (We change the second [match] case a bit to make the tactic smart enough to handle some subtleties of Ltac behavior that had not been exercised previously.) *) |

adamc@135 | 248 |

adamc@141 | 249 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@135 | 250 Ltac completer' := |

adamc@135 | 251 repeat match goal with |

adamc@135 | 252 | [ |- _ /\ _ ] => constructor |

adam@483 | 253 | [ H : ?P /\ ?Q |- _ ] => destruct H; |

adam@483 | 254 repeat match goal with |

adam@483 | 255 | [ H' : P /\ Q |- _ ] => clear H' |

adam@483 | 256 end |

adam@328 | 257 | [ H : ?P -> _, H' : ?P |- _ ] => specialize (H H') |

adamc@135 | 258 | [ |- forall x, _ ] => intro |

adamc@135 | 259 |

adam@328 | 260 | [ H : forall x, ?P x -> _, H' : ?P ?X |- _ ] => extend (H X H') |

adamc@135 | 261 end. |

adamc@141 | 262 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 263 |

adam@483 | 264 (** The only other difference is in the modus ponens rule, where we have replaced an unused unification variable [?Q] with a wildcard. Let us try our example again with this version: *) |

adamc@135 | 265 |

adamc@135 | 266 Section firstorder'. |

adamc@135 | 267 Variable A : Set. |

adamc@135 | 268 Variables P Q R S : A -> Prop. |

adamc@135 | 269 |

adamc@135 | 270 Hypothesis H1 : forall x, P x -> Q x /\ R x. |

adamc@135 | 271 Hypothesis H2 : forall x, R x -> S x. |

adamc@135 | 272 |

adam@483 | 273 Theorem fo' : forall (y x : A), P x -> S x. |

adamc@135 | 274 completer'. |

adam@483 | 275 (** [[ |

adam@483 | 276 y : A |

adam@483 | 277 H1 : P y -> Q y /\ R y |

adam@483 | 278 H2 : R y -> S y |

adam@483 | 279 x : A |

adam@483 | 280 H : P x |

adam@483 | 281 ============================ |

adam@483 | 282 S x |

adam@483 | 283 ]] |

adam@483 | 284 The quantified theorems have been instantiated with [y] instead of [x], reducing a provable goal to one that is unprovable. Our code in the last [match] case for [completer'] is careful only to instantiate quantifiers along with suitable hypotheses, so why were incorrect choices made? |

adam@483 | 285 *) |

adamc@220 | 286 |

adamc@135 | 287 Abort. |

adamc@141 | 288 (* end thide *) |

adamc@135 | 289 End firstorder'. |

adamc@136 | 290 |

adamc@136 | 291 (** A few examples should illustrate the issue. Here we see a [match]-based proof that works fine: *) |

adamc@136 | 292 |

adamc@136 | 293 Theorem t1 : forall x : nat, x = x. |

adamc@136 | 294 match goal with |

adamc@136 | 295 | [ |- forall x, _ ] => trivial |

adamc@136 | 296 end. |

adamc@141 | 297 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@136 | 298 Qed. |

adamc@141 | 299 (* end thide *) |

adamc@136 | 300 |

adamc@136 | 301 (** This one fails. *) |

adamc@136 | 302 |

adamc@141 | 303 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@136 | 304 Theorem t1' : forall x : nat, x = x. |

adam@445 | 305 (** %\vspace{-.25in}%[[ |

adamc@136 | 306 match goal with |

adamc@136 | 307 | [ |- forall x, ?P ] => trivial |

adamc@136 | 308 end. |

adam@328 | 309 ]] |

adamc@136 | 310 |

adam@328 | 311 << |

adamc@136 | 312 User error: No matching clauses for match goal |

adam@328 | 313 >> |

adam@328 | 314 *) |

adamc@220 | 315 |

adamc@136 | 316 Abort. |

adamc@141 | 317 (* end thide *) |

adamc@136 | 318 |

adam@507 | 319 (** The problem is that unification variables may not contain locally bound variables. In this case, [?P] would need to be bound to [x = x], which contains the local quantified variable [x]. By using a wildcard in the earlier version, we avoided this restriction. To understand why this restriction affects the behavior of the [completer] tactic, recall that, in Coq, implication is shorthand for degenerate universal quantification where the quantified variable is not used. Nonetheless, in an Ltac pattern, Coq is happy to match a wildcard implication against a universal quantification. |

adamc@136 | 320 |

adam@484 | 321 The Coq 8.2 release includes a special pattern form for a unification variable with an explicit set of free variables. That unification variable is then bound to a function from the free variables to the "real" value. In Coq 8.1 and earlier, there is no such workaround. We will see an example of this fancier binding form in Section 15.5. |

adamc@136 | 322 |

adam@483 | 323 No matter which Coq version you use, it is important to be aware of this restriction. As we have alluded to, the restriction is the culprit behind the surprising behavior of [completer']. We unintentionally match quantified facts with the modus ponens rule, circumventing the check that a suitably matching hypothesis is available and leading to different behavior, where wrong quantifier instantiations are chosen. Our earlier [completer] tactic uses a modus ponens rule that matches the implication conclusion with a variable, which blocks matching against non-trivial universal quantifiers. |

adam@483 | 324 |

adam@483 | 325 Actually, the behavior demonstrated here applies to Coq version 8.4, but not 8.4pl1. The latter version will allow regular Ltac pattern variables to match terms that contain locally bound variables, but a tactic failure occurs if that variable is later used as a Gallina term. *) |

adamc@137 | 326 |

adamc@137 | 327 |

adamc@137 | 328 (** * Functional Programming in Ltac *) |

adamc@137 | 329 |

adamc@141 | 330 (* EX: Write a list length function in Ltac. *) |

adamc@141 | 331 |

adamc@137 | 332 (** Ltac supports quite convenient functional programming, with a Lisp-with-syntax kind of flavor. However, there are a few syntactic conventions involved in getting programs to be accepted. The Ltac syntax is optimized for tactic-writing, so one has to deal with some inconveniences in writing more standard functional programs. |

adamc@137 | 333 |

adam@475 | 334 To illustrate, let us try to write a simple list length function. We start out writing it just as in Gallina, simply replacing [Fixpoint] (and its annotations) with [Ltac]. |

adamc@137 | 335 [[ |

adamc@137 | 336 Ltac length ls := |

adamc@137 | 337 match ls with |

adamc@137 | 338 | nil => O |

adamc@137 | 339 | _ :: ls' => S (length ls') |

adamc@137 | 340 end. |

adam@328 | 341 ]] |

adamc@137 | 342 |

adam@328 | 343 << |

adamc@137 | 344 Error: The reference ls' was not found in the current environment |

adam@328 | 345 >> |

adamc@137 | 346 |

adamc@137 | 347 At this point, we hopefully remember that pattern variable names must be prefixed by question marks in Ltac. |

adamc@137 | 348 [[ |

adamc@137 | 349 Ltac length ls := |

adamc@137 | 350 match ls with |

adamc@137 | 351 | nil => O |

adamc@137 | 352 | _ :: ?ls' => S (length ls') |

adamc@137 | 353 end. |

adamc@137 | 354 ]] |

adamc@137 | 355 |

adam@328 | 356 << |

adam@328 | 357 Error: The reference S was not found in the current environment |

adam@328 | 358 >> |

adam@328 | 359 |

adam@431 | 360 The problem is that Ltac treats the expression [S (length ls')] as an invocation of a tactic [S] with argument [length ls']. We need to use a special annotation to "escape into" the Gallina parsing nonterminal.%\index{tactics!constr}% *) |

adamc@137 | 361 |

adamc@141 | 362 (* begin thide *) |

adam@534 | 363 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 364 Definition red_herring := O. |

adam@534 | 365 (* end hide *) |

adamc@137 | 366 Ltac length ls := |

adamc@137 | 367 match ls with |

adamc@137 | 368 | nil => O |

adamc@137 | 369 | _ :: ?ls' => constr:(S (length ls')) |

adamc@137 | 370 end. |

adamc@137 | 371 |

adam@445 | 372 (** This definition is accepted. It can be a little awkward to test Ltac definitions like this one. Here is one method. *) |

adamc@137 | 373 |

adamc@137 | 374 Goal False. |

adamc@137 | 375 let n := length (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) in |

adamc@137 | 376 pose n. |

adamc@137 | 377 (** [[ |

adamc@137 | 378 n := S (length (2 :: 3 :: nil)) : nat |

adamc@137 | 379 ============================ |

adamc@137 | 380 False |

adamc@137 | 381 ]] |

adamc@137 | 382 |

adam@328 | 383 We use the %\index{tactics!pose}%[pose] tactic, which extends the proof context with a new variable that is set equal to a particular term. We could also have used [idtac n] in place of [pose n], which would have printed the result without changing the context. |

adamc@220 | 384 |

adam@328 | 385 The value of [n] only has the length calculation unrolled one step. What has happened here is that, by escaping into the [constr] nonterminal, we referred to the [length] function of Gallina, rather than the [length] Ltac function that we are defining. *) |

adamc@220 | 386 |

adamc@220 | 387 Abort. |

adamc@137 | 388 |

adamc@137 | 389 Reset length. |

adam@534 | 390 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 391 Reset red_herring. |

adam@534 | 392 (* end hide *) |

adamc@137 | 393 |

adamc@137 | 394 (** The thing to remember is that Gallina terms built by tactics must be bound explicitly via [let] or a similar technique, rather than inserting Ltac calls directly in other Gallina terms. *) |

adamc@137 | 395 |

adam@534 | 396 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 397 Definition red_herring := O. |

adam@534 | 398 (* end hide *) |

adamc@137 | 399 Ltac length ls := |

adamc@137 | 400 match ls with |

adamc@137 | 401 | nil => O |

adamc@137 | 402 | _ :: ?ls' => |

adamc@137 | 403 let ls'' := length ls' in |

adamc@137 | 404 constr:(S ls'') |

adamc@137 | 405 end. |

adamc@137 | 406 |

adamc@137 | 407 Goal False. |

adamc@137 | 408 let n := length (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) in |

adamc@137 | 409 pose n. |

adamc@137 | 410 (** [[ |

adamc@137 | 411 n := 3 : nat |

adamc@137 | 412 ============================ |

adamc@137 | 413 False |

adam@302 | 414 ]] |

adam@302 | 415 *) |

adamc@220 | 416 |

adamc@137 | 417 Abort. |

adamc@141 | 418 (* end thide *) |

adamc@141 | 419 |

adamc@141 | 420 (* EX: Write a list map function in Ltac. *) |

adamc@137 | 421 |

adam@431 | 422 (* begin hide *) |

adam@437 | 423 (* begin thide *) |

adam@431 | 424 Definition mapp := (map, list). |

adam@437 | 425 (* end thide *) |

adam@431 | 426 (* end hide *) |

adam@431 | 427 |

adamc@137 | 428 (** We can also use anonymous function expressions and local function definitions in Ltac, as this example of a standard list [map] function shows. *) |

adamc@137 | 429 |

adamc@141 | 430 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@137 | 431 Ltac map T f := |

adamc@137 | 432 let rec map' ls := |

adamc@137 | 433 match ls with |

adam@411 | 434 | nil => constr:(@nil T) |

adamc@137 | 435 | ?x :: ?ls' => |

adamc@137 | 436 let x' := f x in |

adamc@137 | 437 let ls'' := map' ls' in |

adam@411 | 438 constr:(x' :: ls'') |

adamc@137 | 439 end in |

adamc@137 | 440 map'. |

adamc@137 | 441 |

adam@411 | 442 (** Ltac functions can have no implicit arguments. It may seem surprising that we need to pass [T], the carried type of the output list, explicitly. We cannot just use [type of f], because [f] is an Ltac term, not a Gallina term, and Ltac programs are dynamically typed. The function [f] could use very syntactic methods to decide to return differently typed terms for different inputs. We also could not replace [constr:(@nil T)] with [constr:nil], because we have no strongly typed context to use to infer the parameter to [nil]. Luckily, we do have sufficient context within [constr:(x' :: ls'')]. |

adamc@137 | 443 |

adam@431 | 444 Sometimes we need to employ the opposite direction of "nonterminal escape," when we want to pass a complicated tactic expression as an argument to another tactic, as we might want to do in invoking %\coqdocvar{%#<tt>#map#</tt>#%}%. *) |

adamc@137 | 445 |

adamc@137 | 446 Goal False. |

adam@411 | 447 let ls := map (nat * nat)%type ltac:(fun x => constr:(x, x)) (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) in |

adamc@137 | 448 pose ls. |

adamc@137 | 449 (** [[ |

adamc@137 | 450 l := (1, 1) :: (2, 2) :: (3, 3) :: nil : list (nat * nat) |

adamc@137 | 451 ============================ |

adamc@137 | 452 False |

adam@302 | 453 ]] |

adam@302 | 454 *) |

adamc@220 | 455 |

adamc@137 | 456 Abort. |

adamc@141 | 457 (* end thide *) |

adamc@137 | 458 |

adam@431 | 459 (** Each position within an Ltac script has a default applicable non-terminal, where [constr] and [ltac] are the main options worth thinking about, standing respectively for terms of Gallina and Ltac. The explicit colon notation can always be used to override the default non-terminal choice, though code being parsed as Gallina can no longer use such overrides. Within the [ltac] non-terminal, top-level function applications are treated as applications in Ltac, not Gallina; but the _arguments_ to such functions are parsed with [constr] by default. This choice may seem strange, until we realize that we have been relying on it all along in all the proof scripts we write! For instance, the [apply] tactic is an Ltac function, and it is natural to interpret its argument as a term of Gallina, not Ltac. We use an [ltac] prefix to parse Ltac function arguments as Ltac terms themselves, as in the call to %\coqdocvar{%#<tt>#map#</tt>#%}% above. For some simple cases, Ltac terms may be passed without an extra prefix. For instance, an identifier that has an Ltac meaning but no Gallina meaning will be interpreted in Ltac automatically. |

adam@386 | 460 |

adam@431 | 461 One other gotcha shows up when we want to debug our Ltac functional programs. We might expect the following code to work, to give us a version of %\coqdocvar{%#<tt>#length#</tt>#%}% that prints a debug trace of the arguments it is called with. *) |

adam@328 | 462 |

adam@334 | 463 (* begin thide *) |

adam@328 | 464 Reset length. |

adam@534 | 465 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 466 Reset red_herring. |

adam@534 | 467 (* end hide *) |

adam@328 | 468 |

adam@534 | 469 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 470 Definition red_herring := O. |

adam@534 | 471 (* end hide *) |

adam@328 | 472 Ltac length ls := |

adam@328 | 473 idtac ls; |

adam@328 | 474 match ls with |

adam@328 | 475 | nil => O |

adam@328 | 476 | _ :: ?ls' => |

adam@328 | 477 let ls'' := length ls' in |

adam@328 | 478 constr:(S ls'') |

adam@328 | 479 end. |

adam@328 | 480 |

adam@328 | 481 (** Coq accepts the tactic definition, but the code is fatally flawed and will always lead to dynamic type errors. *) |

adam@328 | 482 |

adam@328 | 483 Goal False. |

adam@328 | 484 (** %\vspace{-.15in}%[[ |

adam@328 | 485 let n := length (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) in |

adam@328 | 486 pose n. |

adam@328 | 487 ]] |

adam@328 | 488 |

adam@328 | 489 << |

adam@328 | 490 Error: variable n should be bound to a term. |

adam@328 | 491 >> *) |

adam@328 | 492 Abort. |

adam@328 | 493 |

adam@475 | 494 (** What is going wrong here? The answer has to do with the dual status of Ltac as both a purely functional and an imperative programming language. The basic programming language is purely functional, but tactic scripts are one "datatype" that can be returned by such programs, and Coq will run such a script using an imperative semantics that mutates proof states. Readers familiar with %\index{monad}\index{Haskell}%monadic programming in Haskell%~\cite{Monads,IO}% may recognize a similarity. Haskell programs with side effects can be thought of as pure programs that return _the code of programs in an imperative language_, where some out-of-band mechanism takes responsibility for running these derived programs. In this way, Haskell remains pure, while supporting usual input-output side effects and more. Ltac uses the same basic mechanism, but in a dynamically typed setting. Here the embedded imperative language includes all the tactics we have been applying so far. |

adam@328 | 495 |

adam@328 | 496 Even basic [idtac] is an embedded imperative program, so we may not automatically mix it with purely functional code. In fact, a semicolon operator alone marks a span of Ltac code as an embedded tactic script. This makes some amount of sense, since pure functional languages have no need for sequencing: since they lack side effects, there is no reason to run an expression and then just throw away its value and move on to another expression. |

adam@328 | 497 |

adam@484 | 498 An alternate explanation that avoids an analogy to Haskell monads (admittedly a tricky concept in its own right) is: An Ltac tactic program returns a function that, when run later, will perform the desired proof modification. These functions are distinct from other types of data, like numbers or Gallina terms. The prior, correctly working version of [length] computed solely with Gallina terms, but the new one is implicitly returning a tactic function, as indicated by the use of [idtac] and semicolon. However, the new version's recursive call to [length] is structured to expect a Gallina term, not a tactic function, as output. As a result, we have a basic dynamic type error, perhaps obscured by the involvement of first-class tactic scripts. |

adam@484 | 499 |

adam@431 | 500 The solution is like in Haskell: we must "monadify" our pure program to give it access to side effects. The trouble is that the embedded tactic language has no [return] construct. Proof scripts are about proving theorems, not calculating results. We can apply a somewhat awkward workaround that requires translating our program into%\index{continuation-passing style}% _continuation-passing style_ %\cite{continuations}%, a program structuring idea popular in functional programming. *) |

adam@328 | 501 |

adam@328 | 502 Reset length. |

adam@534 | 503 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 504 Reset red_herring. |

adam@534 | 505 (* end hide *) |

adam@328 | 506 |

adam@328 | 507 Ltac length ls k := |

adam@328 | 508 idtac ls; |

adam@328 | 509 match ls with |

adam@328 | 510 | nil => k O |

adam@328 | 511 | _ :: ?ls' => length ls' ltac:(fun n => k (S n)) |

adam@328 | 512 end. |

adam@334 | 513 (* end thide *) |

adam@328 | 514 |

adam@431 | 515 (** The new [length] takes a new input: a _continuation_ [k], which is a function to be called to continue whatever proving process we were in the middle of when we called %\coqdocvar{%#<tt>#length#</tt>#%}%. The argument passed to [k] may be thought of as the return value of %\coqdocvar{%#<tt>#length#</tt>#%}%. *) |

adam@328 | 516 |

adam@334 | 517 (* begin thide *) |

adam@328 | 518 Goal False. |

adam@328 | 519 length (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) ltac:(fun n => pose n). |

adam@328 | 520 (** [[ |

adam@328 | 521 (1 :: 2 :: 3 :: nil) |

adam@328 | 522 (2 :: 3 :: nil) |

adam@328 | 523 (3 :: nil) |

adam@328 | 524 nil |

adam@328 | 525 ]] |

adam@328 | 526 *) |

adam@328 | 527 Abort. |

adam@334 | 528 (* end thide *) |

adam@328 | 529 |

adam@386 | 530 (** We see exactly the trace of function arguments that we expected initially, and an examination of the proof state afterward would show that variable [n] has been added with value [3]. |

adam@386 | 531 |

adam@431 | 532 Considering the comparison with Haskell's IO monad, there is an important subtlety that deserves to be mentioned. A Haskell IO computation represents (theoretically speaking, at least) a transformer from one state of the real world to another, plus a pure value to return. Some of the state can be very specific to the program, as in the case of heap-allocated mutable references, but some can be along the lines of the favorite example "launch missile," where the program has a side effect on the real world that is not possible to undo. |

adam@386 | 533 |

adam@398 | 534 In contrast, Ltac scripts can be thought of as controlling just two simple kinds of mutable state. First, there is the current sequence of proof subgoals. Second, there is a partial assignment of discovered values to unification variables introduced by proof search (for instance, by [eauto], as we saw in the previous chapter). Crucially, _every mutation of this state can be undone_ during backtracking introduced by [match], [auto], and other built-in Ltac constructs. Ltac proof scripts have state, but it is purely local, and all changes to it are reversible, which is a very useful semantics for proof search. *) |

adam@328 | 535 |

adamc@138 | 536 |

adamc@139 | 537 (** * Recursive Proof Search *) |

adamc@139 | 538 |

adamc@139 | 539 (** Deciding how to instantiate quantifiers is one of the hardest parts of automated first-order theorem proving. For a given problem, we can consider all possible bounded-length sequences of quantifier instantiations, applying only propositional reasoning at the end. This is probably a bad idea for almost all goals, but it makes for a nice example of recursive proof search procedures in Ltac. |

adamc@139 | 540 |

adam@431 | 541 We can consider the maximum "dependency chain" length for a first-order proof. We define the chain length for a hypothesis to be 0, and the chain length for an instantiation of a quantified fact to be one greater than the length for that fact. The tactic [inster n] is meant to try all possible proofs with chain length at most [n]. *) |

adamc@139 | 542 |

adamc@141 | 543 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@139 | 544 Ltac inster n := |

adamc@139 | 545 intuition; |

adamc@139 | 546 match n with |

adamc@139 | 547 | S ?n' => |

adamc@139 | 548 match goal with |

adam@460 | 549 | [ H : forall x : ?T, _, y : ?T |- _ ] => generalize (H y); inster n' |

adamc@139 | 550 end |

adamc@139 | 551 end. |

adamc@141 | 552 (* end thide *) |

adamc@139 | 553 |

adam@507 | 554 (** The tactic begins by applying propositional simplification. Next, it checks if any chain length remains, failing if not. Otherwise, it tries all possible ways of instantiating quantified hypotheses with properly typed local variables. It is critical to realize that, if the recursive call [inster n'] fails, then the [match goal] just seeks out another way of unifying its pattern against proof state. Thus, this small amount of code provides an elegant demonstration of how backtracking [match] enables exhaustive search. |

adamc@139 | 555 |

adamc@139 | 556 We can verify the efficacy of [inster] with two short examples. The built-in [firstorder] tactic (with no extra arguments) is able to prove the first but not the second. *) |

adamc@139 | 557 |

adamc@139 | 558 Section test_inster. |

adamc@139 | 559 Variable A : Set. |

adamc@139 | 560 Variables P Q : A -> Prop. |

adamc@139 | 561 Variable f : A -> A. |

adamc@139 | 562 Variable g : A -> A -> A. |

adamc@139 | 563 |

adamc@139 | 564 Hypothesis H1 : forall x y, P (g x y) -> Q (f x). |

adamc@139 | 565 |

adam@328 | 566 Theorem test_inster : forall x, P (g x x) -> Q (f x). |

adamc@220 | 567 inster 2. |

adamc@139 | 568 Qed. |

adamc@139 | 569 |

adamc@139 | 570 Hypothesis H3 : forall u v, P u /\ P v /\ u <> v -> P (g u v). |

adamc@139 | 571 Hypothesis H4 : forall u, Q (f u) -> P u /\ P (f u). |

adamc@139 | 572 |

adamc@139 | 573 Theorem test_inster2 : forall x y, x <> y -> P x -> Q (f y) -> Q (f x). |

adamc@220 | 574 inster 3. |

adamc@139 | 575 Qed. |

adamc@139 | 576 End test_inster. |

adamc@139 | 577 |

adam@431 | 578 (** The style employed in the definition of [inster] can seem very counterintuitive to functional programmers. Usually, functional programs accumulate state changes in explicit arguments to recursive functions. In Ltac, the state of the current subgoal is always implicit. Nonetheless, recalling the discussion at the end of the last section, in contrast to general imperative programming, it is easy to undo any changes to this state, and indeed such "undoing" happens automatically at failures within [match]es. In this way, Ltac programming is similar to programming in Haskell with a stateful failure monad that supports a composition operator along the lines of the [first] tactical. |

adamc@140 | 579 |

adam@431 | 580 Functional programming purists may react indignantly to the suggestion of programming this way. Nonetheless, as with other kinds of "monadic programming," many problems are much simpler to solve with Ltac than they would be with explicit, pure proof manipulation in ML or Haskell. To demonstrate, we will write a basic simplification procedure for logical implications. |

adamc@140 | 581 |

adam@431 | 582 This procedure is inspired by one for separation logic%~\cite{separation}%, where conjuncts in formulas are thought of as "resources," such that we lose no completeness by "crossing out" equal conjuncts on the two sides of an implication. This process is complicated by the fact that, for reasons of modularity, our formulas can have arbitrary nested tree structure (branching at conjunctions) and may include existential quantifiers. It is helpful for the matching process to "go under" quantifiers and in fact decide how to instantiate existential quantifiers in the conclusion. |

adamc@140 | 583 |

adam@431 | 584 To distinguish the implications that our tactic handles from the implications that will show up as "plumbing" in various lemmas, we define a wrapper definition, a notation, and a tactic. *) |

adamc@138 | 585 |

adamc@138 | 586 Definition imp (P1 P2 : Prop) := P1 -> P2. |

adamc@140 | 587 Infix "-->" := imp (no associativity, at level 95). |

adamc@140 | 588 Ltac imp := unfold imp; firstorder. |

adamc@138 | 589 |

adamc@140 | 590 (** These lemmas about [imp] will be useful in the tactic that we will write. *) |

adamc@138 | 591 |

adamc@138 | 592 Theorem and_True_prem : forall P Q, |

adamc@138 | 593 (P /\ True --> Q) |

adamc@138 | 594 -> (P --> Q). |

adamc@138 | 595 imp. |

adamc@138 | 596 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 597 |

adamc@138 | 598 Theorem and_True_conc : forall P Q, |

adamc@138 | 599 (P --> Q /\ True) |

adamc@138 | 600 -> (P --> Q). |

adamc@138 | 601 imp. |

adamc@138 | 602 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 603 |

adam@488 | 604 Theorem pick_prem1 : forall P Q R S, |

adamc@138 | 605 (P /\ (Q /\ R) --> S) |

adamc@138 | 606 -> ((P /\ Q) /\ R --> S). |

adamc@138 | 607 imp. |

adamc@138 | 608 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 609 |

adam@488 | 610 Theorem pick_prem2 : forall P Q R S, |

adamc@138 | 611 (Q /\ (P /\ R) --> S) |

adamc@138 | 612 -> ((P /\ Q) /\ R --> S). |

adamc@138 | 613 imp. |

adamc@138 | 614 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 615 |

adamc@138 | 616 Theorem comm_prem : forall P Q R, |

adamc@138 | 617 (P /\ Q --> R) |

adamc@138 | 618 -> (Q /\ P --> R). |

adamc@138 | 619 imp. |

adamc@138 | 620 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 621 |

adam@488 | 622 Theorem pick_conc1 : forall P Q R S, |

adamc@138 | 623 (S --> P /\ (Q /\ R)) |

adamc@138 | 624 -> (S --> (P /\ Q) /\ R). |

adamc@138 | 625 imp. |

adamc@138 | 626 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 627 |

adam@488 | 628 Theorem pick_conc2 : forall P Q R S, |

adamc@138 | 629 (S --> Q /\ (P /\ R)) |

adamc@138 | 630 -> (S --> (P /\ Q) /\ R). |

adamc@138 | 631 imp. |

adamc@138 | 632 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 633 |

adamc@138 | 634 Theorem comm_conc : forall P Q R, |

adamc@138 | 635 (R --> P /\ Q) |

adamc@138 | 636 -> (R --> Q /\ P). |

adamc@138 | 637 imp. |

adamc@138 | 638 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 639 |

adam@431 | 640 (** The first order of business in crafting our [matcher] tactic will be auxiliary support for searching through formula trees. The [search_prem] tactic implements running its tactic argument [tac] on every subformula of an [imp] premise. As it traverses a tree, [search_prem] applies some of the above lemmas to rewrite the goal to bring different subformulas to the head of the goal. That is, for every subformula [P] of the implication premise, we want [P] to "have a turn," where the premise is rearranged into the form [P /\ Q] for some [Q]. The tactic [tac] should expect to see a goal in this form and focus its attention on the first conjunct of the premise. *) |

adamc@140 | 641 |

adamc@138 | 642 Ltac search_prem tac := |

adamc@138 | 643 let rec search P := |

adamc@138 | 644 tac |

adamc@138 | 645 || (apply and_True_prem; tac) |

adamc@138 | 646 || match P with |

adamc@138 | 647 | ?P1 /\ ?P2 => |

adam@488 | 648 (apply pick_prem1; search P1) |

adam@488 | 649 || (apply pick_prem2; search P2) |

adamc@138 | 650 end |

adamc@138 | 651 in match goal with |

adamc@138 | 652 | [ |- ?P /\ _ --> _ ] => search P |

adamc@138 | 653 | [ |- _ /\ ?P --> _ ] => apply comm_prem; search P |

adamc@138 | 654 | [ |- _ --> _ ] => progress (tac || (apply and_True_prem; tac)) |

adamc@138 | 655 end. |

adamc@138 | 656 |

adam@460 | 657 (** To understand how [search_prem] works, we turn first to the final [match]. If the premise begins with a conjunction, we call the [search] procedure on each of the conjuncts, or only the first conjunct, if that already yields a case where [tac] does not fail. The call [search P] expects and maintains the invariant that the premise is of the form [P /\ Q] for some [Q]. We pass [P] explicitly as a kind of decreasing induction measure, to avoid looping forever when [tac] always fails. The second [match] case calls a commutativity lemma to realize this invariant, before passing control to [search]. The final [match] case tries applying [tac] directly and then, if that fails, changes the form of the goal by adding an extraneous [True] conjunct and calls [tac] again. The %\index{tactics!progress}%[progress] tactical fails when its argument tactic succeeds without changing the current subgoal. |

adamc@140 | 658 |

adam@507 | 659 The [search] function itself tries the same tricks as in the last case of the final [match], using the [||] operator as a shorthand for trying one tactic and then, if the first fails, trying another. Additionally, if neither works, it checks if [P] is a conjunction. If so, it calls itself recursively on each conjunct, first applying associativity/commutativity lemmas to maintain the goal-form invariant. |

adamc@140 | 660 |

adamc@140 | 661 We will also want a dual function [search_conc], which does tree search through an [imp] conclusion. *) |

adamc@140 | 662 |

adamc@138 | 663 Ltac search_conc tac := |

adamc@138 | 664 let rec search P := |

adamc@138 | 665 tac |

adamc@138 | 666 || (apply and_True_conc; tac) |

adamc@138 | 667 || match P with |

adamc@138 | 668 | ?P1 /\ ?P2 => |

adam@488 | 669 (apply pick_conc1; search P1) |

adam@488 | 670 || (apply pick_conc2; search P2) |

adamc@138 | 671 end |

adamc@138 | 672 in match goal with |

adamc@138 | 673 | [ |- _ --> ?P /\ _ ] => search P |

adamc@138 | 674 | [ |- _ --> _ /\ ?P ] => apply comm_conc; search P |

adamc@138 | 675 | [ |- _ --> _ ] => progress (tac || (apply and_True_conc; tac)) |

adamc@138 | 676 end. |

adamc@138 | 677 |

adamc@140 | 678 (** Now we can prove a number of lemmas that are suitable for application by our search tactics. A lemma that is meant to handle a premise should have the form [P /\ Q --> R] for some interesting [P], and a lemma that is meant to handle a conclusion should have the form [P --> Q /\ R] for some interesting [Q]. *) |

adamc@140 | 679 |

adam@328 | 680 (* begin thide *) |

adamc@138 | 681 Theorem False_prem : forall P Q, |

adamc@138 | 682 False /\ P --> Q. |

adamc@138 | 683 imp. |

adamc@138 | 684 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 685 |

adamc@138 | 686 Theorem True_conc : forall P Q : Prop, |

adamc@138 | 687 (P --> Q) |

adamc@138 | 688 -> (P --> True /\ Q). |

adamc@138 | 689 imp. |

adamc@138 | 690 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 691 |

adamc@138 | 692 Theorem Match : forall P Q R : Prop, |

adamc@138 | 693 (Q --> R) |

adamc@138 | 694 -> (P /\ Q --> P /\ R). |

adamc@138 | 695 imp. |

adamc@138 | 696 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 697 |

adamc@138 | 698 Theorem ex_prem : forall (T : Type) (P : T -> Prop) (Q R : Prop), |

adamc@138 | 699 (forall x, P x /\ Q --> R) |

adamc@138 | 700 -> (ex P /\ Q --> R). |

adamc@138 | 701 imp. |

adamc@138 | 702 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 703 |

adamc@138 | 704 Theorem ex_conc : forall (T : Type) (P : T -> Prop) (Q R : Prop) x, |

adamc@138 | 705 (Q --> P x /\ R) |

adamc@138 | 706 -> (Q --> ex P /\ R). |

adamc@138 | 707 imp. |

adamc@138 | 708 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 709 |

adam@465 | 710 (** We will also want a "base case" lemma for finishing proofs where cancellation has removed every constituent of the conclusion. *) |

adamc@140 | 711 |

adamc@138 | 712 Theorem imp_True : forall P, |

adamc@138 | 713 P --> True. |

adamc@138 | 714 imp. |

adamc@138 | 715 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 716 |

adam@386 | 717 (** Our final [matcher] tactic is now straightforward. First, we [intros] all variables into scope. Then we attempt simple premise simplifications, finishing the proof upon finding [False] and eliminating any existential quantifiers that we find. After that, we search through the conclusion. We remove [True] conjuncts, remove existential quantifiers by introducing unification variables for their bound variables, and search for matching premises to cancel. Finally, when no more progress is made, we see if the goal has become trivial and can be solved by [imp_True]. In each case, we use the tactic %\index{tactics!simple apply}%[simple apply] in place of [apply] to use a simpler, less expensive unification algorithm. *) |

adamc@140 | 718 |

adamc@138 | 719 Ltac matcher := |

adamc@138 | 720 intros; |

adam@411 | 721 repeat search_prem ltac:(simple apply False_prem || (simple apply ex_prem; intro)); |

adam@411 | 722 repeat search_conc ltac:(simple apply True_conc || simple eapply ex_conc |

adam@411 | 723 || search_prem ltac:(simple apply Match)); |

adamc@204 | 724 try simple apply imp_True. |

adamc@141 | 725 (* end thide *) |

adamc@140 | 726 |

adamc@140 | 727 (** Our tactic succeeds at proving a simple example. *) |

adamc@138 | 728 |

adamc@138 | 729 Theorem t2 : forall P Q : Prop, |

adamc@138 | 730 Q /\ (P /\ False) /\ P --> P /\ Q. |

adamc@138 | 731 matcher. |

adamc@138 | 732 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 733 |

adamc@140 | 734 (** In the generated proof, we find a trace of the workings of the search tactics. *) |

adamc@140 | 735 |

adamc@140 | 736 Print t2. |

adamc@220 | 737 (** %\vspace{-.15in}% [[ |

adamc@140 | 738 t2 = |

adamc@140 | 739 fun P Q : Prop => |

adam@488 | 740 comm_prem (pick_prem1 (pick_prem2 (False_prem (P:=P /\ P /\ Q) (P /\ Q)))) |

adamc@140 | 741 : forall P Q : Prop, Q /\ (P /\ False) /\ P --> P /\ Q |

adamc@220 | 742 ]] |

adamc@140 | 743 |

adam@460 | 744 %\smallskip{}%We can also see that [matcher] is well-suited for cases where some human intervention is needed after the automation finishes. *) |

adamc@140 | 745 |

adamc@138 | 746 Theorem t3 : forall P Q R : Prop, |

adamc@138 | 747 P /\ Q --> Q /\ R /\ P. |

adamc@138 | 748 matcher. |

adamc@140 | 749 (** [[ |

adamc@140 | 750 ============================ |

adamc@140 | 751 True --> R |

adamc@220 | 752 |

adamc@140 | 753 ]] |

adamc@140 | 754 |

adam@328 | 755 Our tactic canceled those conjuncts that it was able to cancel, leaving a simplified subgoal for us, much as [intuition] does. *) |

adamc@220 | 756 |

adamc@138 | 757 Abort. |

adamc@138 | 758 |

adam@328 | 759 (** The [matcher] tactic even succeeds at guessing quantifier instantiations. It is the unification that occurs in uses of the [Match] lemma that does the real work here. *) |

adamc@140 | 760 |

adamc@138 | 761 Theorem t4 : forall (P : nat -> Prop) Q, (exists x, P x /\ Q) --> Q /\ (exists x, P x). |

adamc@138 | 762 matcher. |

adamc@138 | 763 Qed. |

adamc@138 | 764 |

adamc@140 | 765 Print t4. |

adamc@220 | 766 (** %\vspace{-.15in}% [[ |

adamc@140 | 767 t4 = |

adamc@140 | 768 fun (P : nat -> Prop) (Q : Prop) => |

adamc@140 | 769 and_True_prem |

adamc@140 | 770 (ex_prem (P:=fun x : nat => P x /\ Q) |

adamc@140 | 771 (fun x : nat => |

adam@488 | 772 pick_prem2 |

adamc@140 | 773 (Match (P:=Q) |

adamc@140 | 774 (and_True_conc |

adamc@140 | 775 (ex_conc (fun x0 : nat => P x0) x |

adamc@140 | 776 (Match (P:=P x) (imp_True (P:=True)))))))) |

adamc@140 | 777 : forall (P : nat -> Prop) (Q : Prop), |

adamc@140 | 778 (exists x : nat, P x /\ Q) --> Q /\ (exists x : nat, P x) |

adam@302 | 779 ]] |

adam@386 | 780 |

adam@386 | 781 This proof term is a mouthful, and we can be glad that we did not build it manually! *) |

adamc@234 | 782 |

adamc@234 | 783 |

adamc@234 | 784 (** * Creating Unification Variables *) |

adamc@234 | 785 |

adam@398 | 786 (** A final useful ingredient in tactic crafting is the ability to allocate new unification variables explicitly. Tactics like [eauto] introduce unification variables internally to support flexible proof search. While [eauto] and its relatives do _backward_ reasoning, we often want to do similar _forward_ reasoning, where unification variables can be useful for similar reasons. |

adamc@234 | 787 |

adam@465 | 788 For example, we can write a tactic that instantiates the quantifiers of a universally quantified hypothesis. The tactic should not need to know what the appropriate instantiations are; rather, we want these choices filled with placeholders. We hope that, when we apply the specialized hypothesis later, syntactic unification will determine concrete values. |

adamc@234 | 789 |

adamc@234 | 790 Before we are ready to write a tactic, we can try out its ingredients one at a time. *) |

adamc@234 | 791 |

adamc@234 | 792 Theorem t5 : (forall x : nat, S x > x) -> 2 > 1. |

adamc@234 | 793 intros. |

adamc@234 | 794 |

adamc@234 | 795 (** [[ |

adamc@234 | 796 H : forall x : nat, S x > x |

adamc@234 | 797 ============================ |

adamc@234 | 798 2 > 1 |

adamc@234 | 799 |

adamc@234 | 800 ]] |

adamc@234 | 801 |

adam@328 | 802 To instantiate [H] generically, we first need to name the value to be used for [x].%\index{tactics!evar}% *) |

adamc@234 | 803 |

adamc@234 | 804 evar (y : nat). |

adamc@234 | 805 |

adamc@234 | 806 (** [[ |

adamc@234 | 807 H : forall x : nat, S x > x |

adamc@234 | 808 y := ?279 : nat |

adamc@234 | 809 ============================ |

adamc@234 | 810 2 > 1 |

adamc@234 | 811 |

adamc@234 | 812 ]] |

adamc@234 | 813 |

adam@328 | 814 The proof context is extended with a new variable [y], which has been assigned to be equal to a fresh unification variable [?279]. We want to instantiate [H] with [?279]. To get ahold of the new unification variable, rather than just its alias [y], we perform a trivial unfolding in the expression [y], using the %\index{tactics!eval}%[eval] Ltac construct, which works with the same reduction strategies that we have seen in tactics (e.g., [simpl], [compute], etc.). *) |

adamc@234 | 815 |

adam@328 | 816 let y' := eval unfold y in y in |

adam@386 | 817 clear y; specialize (H y'). |

adamc@234 | 818 |

adamc@234 | 819 (** [[ |

adam@386 | 820 H : S ?279 > ?279 |

adamc@234 | 821 ============================ |

adam@386 | 822 2 > 1 |

adamc@234 | 823 |

adamc@234 | 824 ]] |

adamc@234 | 825 |

adam@386 | 826 Our instantiation was successful. We can finish the proof by using [apply]'s unification to figure out the proper value of [?279]. *) |

adamc@234 | 827 |

adamc@234 | 828 apply H. |

adamc@234 | 829 Qed. |

adamc@234 | 830 |

adamc@234 | 831 (** Now we can write a tactic that encapsulates the pattern we just employed, instantiating all quantifiers of a particular hypothesis. *) |

adamc@234 | 832 |

adam@534 | 833 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 834 Definition red_herring := O. |

adam@534 | 835 (* end hide *) |

adamc@234 | 836 Ltac insterU H := |

adamc@234 | 837 repeat match type of H with |

adamc@234 | 838 | forall x : ?T, _ => |

adamc@234 | 839 let x := fresh "x" in |

adamc@234 | 840 evar (x : T); |

adam@328 | 841 let x' := eval unfold x in x in |

adam@328 | 842 clear x; specialize (H x') |

adamc@234 | 843 end. |

adamc@234 | 844 |

adamc@234 | 845 Theorem t5' : (forall x : nat, S x > x) -> 2 > 1. |

adamc@234 | 846 intro H; insterU H; apply H. |

adamc@234 | 847 Qed. |

adamc@234 | 848 |

adam@328 | 849 (** This particular example is somewhat silly, since [apply] by itself would have solved the goal originally. Separate forward reasoning is more useful on hypotheses that end in existential quantifications. Before we go through an example, it is useful to define a variant of [insterU] that does not clear the base hypothesis we pass to it. We use the Ltac construct %\index{tactics!fresh}%[fresh] to generate a hypothesis name that is not already used, based on a string suggesting a good name. *) |

adamc@234 | 850 |

adamc@234 | 851 Ltac insterKeep H := |

adamc@234 | 852 let H' := fresh "H'" in |

adamc@234 | 853 generalize H; intro H'; insterU H'. |

adamc@234 | 854 |

adamc@234 | 855 Section t6. |

adamc@234 | 856 Variables A B : Type. |

adamc@234 | 857 Variable P : A -> B -> Prop. |

adamc@234 | 858 Variable f : A -> A -> A. |

adamc@234 | 859 Variable g : B -> B -> B. |

adamc@234 | 860 |

adamc@234 | 861 Hypothesis H1 : forall v, exists u, P v u. |

adamc@234 | 862 Hypothesis H2 : forall v1 u1 v2 u2, |

adamc@234 | 863 P v1 u1 |

adamc@234 | 864 -> P v2 u2 |

adamc@234 | 865 -> P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 866 |

adamc@234 | 867 Theorem t6 : forall v1 v2, exists u1, exists u2, P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 868 intros. |

adamc@234 | 869 |

adam@328 | 870 (** Neither [eauto] nor [firstorder] is clever enough to prove this goal. We can help out by doing some of the work with quantifiers ourselves, abbreviating the proof with the %\index{tactics!do}%[do] tactical for repetition of a tactic a set number of times. *) |

adamc@234 | 871 |

adamc@234 | 872 do 2 insterKeep H1. |

adamc@234 | 873 |

adamc@234 | 874 (** Our proof state is extended with two generic instances of [H1]. |

adamc@234 | 875 |

adamc@234 | 876 [[ |

adamc@234 | 877 H' : exists u : B, P ?4289 u |

adamc@234 | 878 H'0 : exists u : B, P ?4288 u |

adamc@234 | 879 ============================ |

adamc@234 | 880 exists u1 : B, exists u2 : B, P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2) |

adamc@234 | 881 |

adamc@234 | 882 ]] |

adamc@234 | 883 |

adam@386 | 884 Normal [eauto] still cannot prove the goal, so we eliminate the two new existential quantifiers. (Recall that [ex] is the underlying type family to which uses of the [exists] syntax are compiled.) *) |

adamc@234 | 885 |

adamc@234 | 886 repeat match goal with |

adamc@234 | 887 | [ H : ex _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@234 | 888 end. |

adamc@234 | 889 |

adamc@234 | 890 (** Now the goal is simple enough to solve by logic programming. *) |

adamc@234 | 891 |

adamc@234 | 892 eauto. |

adamc@234 | 893 Qed. |

adamc@234 | 894 End t6. |

adamc@234 | 895 |

adamc@234 | 896 (** Our [insterU] tactic does not fare so well with quantified hypotheses that also contain implications. We can see the problem in a slight modification of the last example. We introduce a new unary predicate [Q] and use it to state an additional requirement of our hypothesis [H1]. *) |

adamc@234 | 897 |

adamc@234 | 898 Section t7. |

adamc@234 | 899 Variables A B : Type. |

adamc@234 | 900 Variable Q : A -> Prop. |

adamc@234 | 901 Variable P : A -> B -> Prop. |

adamc@234 | 902 Variable f : A -> A -> A. |

adamc@234 | 903 Variable g : B -> B -> B. |

adamc@234 | 904 |

adamc@234 | 905 Hypothesis H1 : forall v, Q v -> exists u, P v u. |

adamc@234 | 906 Hypothesis H2 : forall v1 u1 v2 u2, |

adamc@234 | 907 P v1 u1 |

adamc@234 | 908 -> P v2 u2 |

adamc@234 | 909 -> P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 910 |

adam@297 | 911 Theorem t7 : forall v1 v2, Q v1 -> Q v2 -> exists u1, exists u2, P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 912 intros; do 2 insterKeep H1; |

adamc@234 | 913 repeat match goal with |

adamc@234 | 914 | [ H : ex _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@234 | 915 end; eauto. |

adamc@234 | 916 |

adamc@234 | 917 (** This proof script does not hit any errors until the very end, when an error message like this one is displayed. |

adamc@234 | 918 |

adam@328 | 919 << |

adamc@234 | 920 No more subgoals but non-instantiated existential variables : |

adamc@234 | 921 Existential 1 = |

adam@328 | 922 >> |

adam@445 | 923 %\vspace{-.35in}%[[ |

adamc@234 | 924 ?4384 : [A : Type |

adamc@234 | 925 B : Type |

adamc@234 | 926 Q : A -> Prop |

adamc@234 | 927 P : A -> B -> Prop |

adamc@234 | 928 f : A -> A -> A |

adamc@234 | 929 g : B -> B -> B |

adamc@234 | 930 H1 : forall v : A, Q v -> exists u : B, P v u |

adamc@234 | 931 H2 : forall (v1 : A) (u1 : B) (v2 : A) (u2 : B), |

adamc@234 | 932 P v1 u1 -> P v2 u2 -> P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2) |

adamc@234 | 933 v1 : A |

adamc@234 | 934 v2 : A |

adamc@234 | 935 H : Q v1 |

adamc@234 | 936 H0 : Q v2 |

adamc@234 | 937 H' : Q v2 -> exists u : B, P v2 u |- Q v2] |

adamc@234 | 938 ]] |

adamc@234 | 939 |

adam@431 | 940 There is another similar line about a different existential variable. Here, "existential variable" means what we have also called "unification variable." In the course of the proof, some unification variable [?4384] was introduced but never unified. Unification variables are just a device to structure proof search; the language of Gallina proof terms does not include them. Thus, we cannot produce a proof term without instantiating the variable. |

adamc@234 | 941 |

adamc@234 | 942 The error message shows that [?4384] is meant to be a proof of [Q v2] in a particular proof state, whose variables and hypotheses are displayed. It turns out that [?4384] was created by [insterU], as the value of a proof to pass to [H1]. Recall that, in Gallina, implication is just a degenerate case of [forall] quantification, so the [insterU] code to match against [forall] also matched the implication. Since any proof of [Q v2] is as good as any other in this context, there was never any opportunity to use unification to determine exactly which proof is appropriate. We expect similar problems with any implications in arguments to [insterU]. *) |

adamc@234 | 943 |

adamc@234 | 944 Abort. |

adamc@234 | 945 End t7. |

adamc@234 | 946 |

adamc@234 | 947 Reset insterU. |

adam@534 | 948 (* begin hide *) |

adam@534 | 949 Reset red_herring. |

adam@534 | 950 (* end hide *) |

adamc@234 | 951 |

adam@328 | 952 (** We can redefine [insterU] to treat implications differently. In particular, we pattern-match on the type of the type [T] in [forall x : ?T, ...]. If [T] has type [Prop], then [x]'s instantiation should be thought of as a proof. Thus, instead of picking a new unification variable for it, we instead apply a user-supplied tactic [tac]. It is important that we end this special [Prop] case with [|| fail 1], so that, if [tac] fails to prove [T], we abort the instantiation, rather than continuing on to the default quantifier handling. Also recall that the tactic form %\index{tactics!solve}%[solve [ t ]] fails if [t] does not completely solve the goal. *) |

adamc@234 | 953 |

adamc@234 | 954 Ltac insterU tac H := |

adamc@234 | 955 repeat match type of H with |

adamc@234 | 956 | forall x : ?T, _ => |

adamc@234 | 957 match type of T with |

adamc@234 | 958 | Prop => |

adamc@234 | 959 (let H' := fresh "H'" in |

adam@328 | 960 assert (H' : T) by solve [ tac ]; |

adam@328 | 961 specialize (H H'); clear H') |

adamc@234 | 962 || fail 1 |

adamc@234 | 963 | _ => |

adamc@234 | 964 let x := fresh "x" in |

adamc@234 | 965 evar (x : T); |

adam@328 | 966 let x' := eval unfold x in x in |

adam@328 | 967 clear x; specialize (H x') |

adamc@234 | 968 end |

adamc@234 | 969 end. |

adamc@234 | 970 |

adamc@234 | 971 Ltac insterKeep tac H := |

adamc@234 | 972 let H' := fresh "H'" in |

adamc@234 | 973 generalize H; intro H'; insterU tac H'. |

adamc@234 | 974 |

adamc@234 | 975 Section t7. |

adamc@234 | 976 Variables A B : Type. |

adamc@234 | 977 Variable Q : A -> Prop. |

adamc@234 | 978 Variable P : A -> B -> Prop. |

adamc@234 | 979 Variable f : A -> A -> A. |

adamc@234 | 980 Variable g : B -> B -> B. |

adamc@234 | 981 |

adamc@234 | 982 Hypothesis H1 : forall v, Q v -> exists u, P v u. |

adamc@234 | 983 Hypothesis H2 : forall v1 u1 v2 u2, |

adamc@234 | 984 P v1 u1 |

adamc@234 | 985 -> P v2 u2 |

adamc@234 | 986 -> P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 987 |

adam@545 | 988 Theorem t7 : forall v1 v2, Q v1 -> Q v2 -> exists u1, exists u2, P (f v1 v2) (g u1 u2). |

adamc@234 | 989 |

adamc@234 | 990 (** We can prove the goal by calling [insterKeep] with a tactic that tries to find and apply a [Q] hypothesis over a variable about which we do not yet know any [P] facts. We need to begin this tactic code with [idtac; ] to get around a strange limitation in Coq's proof engine, where a first-class tactic argument may not begin with a [match]. *) |

adamc@234 | 991 |

adamc@234 | 992 intros; do 2 insterKeep ltac:(idtac; match goal with |

adamc@234 | 993 | [ H : Q ?v |- _ ] => |

adamc@234 | 994 match goal with |

adamc@234 | 995 | [ _ : context[P v _] |- _ ] => fail 1 |

adamc@234 | 996 | _ => apply H |

adamc@234 | 997 end |

adamc@234 | 998 end) H1; |

adamc@234 | 999 repeat match goal with |

adamc@234 | 1000 | [ H : ex _ |- _ ] => destruct H |

adamc@234 | 1001 end; eauto. |

adamc@234 | 1002 Qed. |

adamc@234 | 1003 End t7. |

adamc@234 | 1004 |

adamc@234 | 1005 (** It is often useful to instantiate existential variables explicitly. A built-in tactic provides one way of doing so. *) |

adamc@234 | 1006 |

adamc@234 | 1007 Theorem t8 : exists p : nat * nat, fst p = 3. |

adamc@234 | 1008 econstructor; instantiate (1 := (3, 2)); reflexivity. |

adamc@234 | 1009 Qed. |

adamc@234 | 1010 |

adam@460 | 1011 (** The [1] above is identifying an existential variable appearing in the current goal, with the last existential appearing assigned number 1, the second-last assigned number 2, and so on. The named existential is replaced everywhere by the term to the right of the [:=]. |

adamc@234 | 1012 |

adam@328 | 1013 The %\index{tactics!instantiate}%[instantiate] tactic can be convenient for exploratory proving, but it leads to very brittle proof scripts that are unlikely to adapt to changing theorem statements. It is often more helpful to have a tactic that can be used to assign a value to a term that is known to be an existential. By employing a roundabout implementation technique, we can build a tactic that generalizes this functionality. In particular, our tactic [equate] will assert that two terms are equal. If one of the terms happens to be an existential, then it will be replaced everywhere with the other term. *) |

adamc@234 | 1014 |

adamc@234 | 1015 Ltac equate x y := |

adam@460 | 1016 let dummy := constr:(eq_refl x : x = y) in idtac. |

adamc@234 | 1017 |

adam@460 | 1018 (** This tactic fails if it is not possible to prove [x = y] by [eq_refl]. We check the proof only for its unification side effects, ignoring the associated variable [dummy]. With [equate], we can build a less brittle version of the prior example. *) |

adamc@234 | 1019 |

adamc@234 | 1020 Theorem t9 : exists p : nat * nat, fst p = 3. |

adamc@234 | 1021 econstructor; match goal with |

adamc@234 | 1022 | [ |- fst ?x = 3 ] => equate x (3, 2) |

adamc@234 | 1023 end; reflexivity. |

adamc@234 | 1024 Qed. |

adam@386 | 1025 |

adam@386 | 1026 (** This technique is even more useful within recursive and iterative tactics that are meant to solve broad classes of goals. *) |