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apply a rewrite rule
Major Section: PROOF-CHECKER-COMMANDS

Examples: (rewrite reverse-reverse) -- apply the rewrite rule `reverse-reverse' (rewrite (:rewrite reverse-reverse)) -- same as above (rewrite 2) -- apply the second rewrite rule, as displayed by show-rewrites rewrite -- apply the first rewrite rule, as displayed by show-rewrites (rewrite transitivity-of-< ((y 7))) -- apply the rewrite rule transitivity-of-< with the substitution that associates 7 to the ``free variable'' y (rewrite foo ((x 2) (y 3)) t) -- apply the rewrite rule foo by substituting 2 and 3 for free variables x and y, respectively, and also binding all other free variables possible by using the current context (hypotheses and governors) General Form: (rewrite &optional rule-id substitution instantiate-free)Replace the current subterm with a new term by applying a rewrite or definition rule. The replacement will be done according to the information provided by the

`show-rewrites`

(`sr`

) command.See also the `linear`

command, for an analogous command to use with
linear rules.

If `rule-id`

is a positive integer `n`

, then the `n`

th rule as
displayed by `show-rewrites`

is the one that is applied. If `rule-id`

is
`nil`

or is not supplied, then it is treated as the number 1. Otherwise,
`rule-id`

should be either a symbol or else a `:rewrite`

or
`:definition`

rune. If a symbol is supplied, then any (`:rewrite`

or `:definition`

) rule of that name may be used. We say more about this,
and describe the other optional arguments, below.

Consider first the following example. Suppose that the current subterm is
`(reverse (reverse y))`

and that there is a rewrite rule called
`reverse-reverse`

of the form

(implies (true-listp x) (equal (reverse (reverse x)) x)) .Then the instruction

`(rewrite reverse-reverse)`

causes the current
subterm to be replaced by `y`

and creates a new goal with conclusion
`(true-listp y)`

. An exception is that if the top-level hypotheses imply
`(true-listp y)`

using only ``trivial reasoning''
(more on this below), then no new goal is created.If the `rule-id`

argument is a number or is not supplied, then the system
will store an instruction of the form `(rewrite name ...)`

, where `name`

is the name of a rewrite rule; this is in order to make it easier to replay
instructions when there have been changes to the history. Except: instead
of the name (whether the name is supplied or calculated), the system stores
the rune if there is any chance of ambiguity. (Formally, ``ambiguity''
here means that the rune being applied is of the form
`(:rewrite name . index)`

, where index is not `nil`

.)

Speaking in general, then, a `rewrite`

instruction works as follows:

First, a rewrite or definition rule is selected according to the
arguments of the `rewrite`

instruction. The selection is made as explained
under ``General Form'' above.

Next, the left-hand side of the rule is matched with the current subterm,
i.e., a substitution `unify-subst`

is found such that if one instantiates
the left-hand side of the rule with `unify-subst`

, then one obtains the
current subterm. If this match fails, then the instruction fails.

Next, an attempt is made to relieve (discharge) the hypotheses, much as the
theorem prover relieves hypotheses except that there is no call to the
rewriter. First, the substitution `unify-subst`

is extended with the
`substitution`

argument, which may bind free variables
(see free-variables). Each hypothesis of the rule is then considered in
turn, from first to last. For each hypothesis, first the current
substitution is applied, and then the system checks whether the hypothesis is
``clearly'' true in the current context. If there are variables in the
hypotheses of the rule that are not bound by the current substitution, then a
weak attempt is made to extend that substitution so that the hypothesis is
present in the current context (see the documentation for the proof-checker
`hyps`

command under proof-checker-commands), much as would be done by
the theorem prover's rewriter.

If in the process above there are free variables (see free-variables), but
the proof-checker can see how to bind them to relieve all hypotheses, then it
will do so in both the `show-rewrites`

(`sr`

) and `rewrite`

commands.
But normally, if even one hypothesis remains unrelieved, then no automatic
extension of the substitution is made. Except, if `instantiate-free`

is
not `nil`

, then that extension to the substitution is kept.

Finally, the instruction is applied as follows. The current subterm is replaced by applying the final substitution described above to the right-hand side of the selected rule. And, one new subgoal is created for each unrelieved hypothesis of the rule, whose top-level hypotheses are the governors and top-level hypotheses of the current goal and whose conclusion and current subterm are the instance, by that same final substitution, of that unrelieved hypothesis.

**Remark:** The substitution argument should be a list whose elements
have the form `(variable term)`

, where `term`

may contain
abbreviations.