ADD-CUSTOM-KEYWORD-HINT

add a new custom keyword hint
Major Section:  EVENTS

Examples:
(add-custom-keyword-hint :my-hint (my-hint-fn val ...))

(add-custom-keyword-hint :my-hint
                         (my-hint-fn val ...)
                         :checker (my-hint-checker-fn val ...))

General Form:
(add-custom-keyword-hint :key term1 :checker term2)
where :key is a keywordp not among the primitive keyword hints listed in *hint-keywords*, the :checker argument is optional, and term1 and (if supplied) term2 are terms with certain free-variable and signature restrictions described below. Henceforth, :key is treated as a custom keyword hint, e.g., the user can employ :key in hints to defthm, such as:
(defthm name ...
  :hints (("Subgoal *1/1'" ... :key val ...))).

Custom keyword hints are complicated. To use them you must understand state, multiple values (e.g., mv and mv-let), ACL2's notion of error triples (see programming-with-state), how to generate ``soft'' errors with er, how to use fmt-strings to control output, how to use computed hints (see computed-hints) and some aspects of ACL2's internal event processing. Furthermore, it is possible to implement a custom keyword hint that can make an event non-reproducible! So we recommend that these hints be developed by ACL2 experts. Basically the custom keyword feature allows the implementors and other experts to extend the hint facility without modifying the ACL2 sources.

Term1 is called the ``generator'' term and term2 is called the ``checker'' term of the custom keyword hint :key. Together they specify the semantics of the new custom keyword hint :key. Roughly speaking, when a custom keyword hint is supplied by the user, as in

(defthm name ...
  :hints (("Subgoal *1/1'" ... :my-hint val ...))).
the checker term is evaluated on val to check that val is of the expected shape. Provided val passes the check, the generator term is used to compute a standard hint. Like computed hints, the generator of a custom keyword hint is allowed to inspect the actual clause on which it is being fired. Indeed, it is allowed to inspect the entire list of hints (standard and custom) supplied for that clause. Thus, in the most general case, a custom keyword hint is just a very special kind of computed hint.

The generator, term1, must have no free variables other than:

(val keyword-alist
 id clause world stable-under-simplificationp
 hist pspv ctx state).
Moreover, either term1 must evaluate to a single non-stobj value, or else it must be single-threaded in state and have the standard error-triple output signature, (mv * * state).

The restrictions on the checker, term2, are that it be single-threaded in state, have the standard error-triple output signature, (mv * * state), and have no free variables other than:

(val world ctx state).

For examples, see the books distributed with ACL2 in directory books/hints/, in particular basic-tests.lisp.

To delete a previously added custom keyword hint, see remove-custom-keyword-hint.

The distributed book hints/merge-hint.lisp can be useful in writing custom keyword hints. See the examples near the of the file.

Note: This is an event! It does not print the usual event summary but nevertheless changes the ACL2 logical world and is so recorded.