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
keywordpnot among the primitive keyword hints listed in
:checkerargument is optional, and
term1and (if supplied)
term2are terms with certain free-variable and signature restrictions described below. Henceforth,
:keyis treated as a custom keyword hint, e.g., the user can employ
:keyin 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-let), ACL2's notion
of error triples (see programming-with-state), how to generate ``soft''
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
valto check that
valis of the expected shape. Provided
valpasses 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.
term1, must have no free variables other than:
(val keyword-alist id clause world stable-under-simplificationp hist pspv ctx state).Moreover, either
term1must evaluate to a single non-stobj value, or else it must be single-threaded in
stateand 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 community books directory
To delete a previously added custom keyword hint, see remove-custom-keyword-hint.
The community 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.