Abstract We introduce a novel approach for debugging ill-typed programs in the Hindley/Milner system. We map the typing problem for a program to a system of constraints each attached to program code that generates the constraints. We use reasoning about constraint satisfiability and implication to find minimal justifications of type errors, and to explain unexpected types that arise. Through an interactive process akin to declarative debugging, a user can track down exactly where a type error occurs. We are able to capture various extensions of the Hindley/Milner system such as type annotations and Haskell-style type class overloading. The approach has been implemented as part of the Chameleon system.
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