Tactic overview
===============
This reference manual defines a few different syntaxes that are used
pervasively. These are defined in dedicated sections in this manual.
- An "[introduction pattern][ipat]" `ipat` like `"H"` or `"[H1 H2]"` is used to
_destruct_ a hypothesis (sometimes called _eliminating_ a hypothesis). This is
directly used by `iDestruct` and `iIntros`, but many tactics also integrate
support for `ipat`s to combine some other work with destructing, such as
`iMod`. The name "introduction pattern" comes from a similar term in Coq which
is used in tactics like `destruct` and `intros`.
- A "[selection pattern][selpat]" `selpat` like `"H1 H2"` or `"#"` names a collection of
hypotheses. Most commonly used in `iFrame`.
- A "[specialization pattern][spat]" `spat` like `H` or `[$H1 H2]` is used to specialize
a wand to some hypotheses along with specifying framing. Commonly used as part
of proof mode terms (described just below).
- A "[proof mode term][pm-trm]" `pm_trm` like `lemma with spat` or `"H" $! x with spat`
allows to specialize a wand (which can be either a Gallina lemma or a
hypothesis) on the fly, as an argument to `iDestruct` for example.
Many of the tactics below apply to more goals than described in this document
since the behavior of these tactics can be tuned via instances of the type
classes in the file [proofmode/classes](iris/proofmode/classes.v). Most notably, many
of the tactics can be applied when the connective to be introduced or to be eliminated
appears under a later, an update modality, or in the conclusion of a
weakest precondition.
[ipat]: #introduction-patterns-ipat
[selpat]: #selection-patterns-selpat
[spat]: #specialization-patterns-spat
[pm-trm]: #proof-mode-terms-pm_trm
Starting and stopping the proof mode
------------------------------------
- `iStartProof` : start the proof mode by turning a Coq goal into a proof
mode entailment. This tactic is performed implicitly by all proof mode tactics
described in this file, and thus should generally not be used by hand.
+ `iStartProof PROP` : explicitly specify which BI logic `PROP : bi` should be
used. This is useful to drop down in a layered logic, e.g. to drop down from
`monPred PROP` to `PROP`.
- `iStopProof` : turn the proof-mode entailment into an ordinary Coq goal
`big star of context ⊢ proof mode goal`.
Applying hypotheses and lemmas
------------------------------
- `iExact "H"` : finish the goal if the conclusion matches the hypothesis `H`
- `iAssumption` : finish the goal if the conclusion matches any hypothesis in
either the proofmode or the Coq context. Only hypotheses in the Coq context
that are _syntactically_ of the shape `⊢ P` are recognized by this tactic
(this means that assumptions of the shape `P ⊢ Q` are not recognized).
- `iApply pm_trm` : match the conclusion of the current goal against the
conclusion of `pm_trm` and generates goals for the premises of `pm_trm`. See
[proof mode terms][pm-trm] below.
If the applied term has more premises than given specialization patterns, the
pattern is extended with `[] ... []`. As a consequence, all unused spatial
hypotheses move to the last premise.
Context management
------------------
- `iIntros (x1 ... xn) "ipat1 ... ipatn"` : introduce universal quantifiers
using Coq introduction patterns `x1 ... xn` and implications/wands using proof
mode [introduction patterns][ipat] `ipat1 ... ipatn`.
- `iClear (x1 ... xn) "selpat"` : clear the hypotheses given by the [selection
pattern][selpat] `selpat` and the Coq level hypotheses/variables `x1 ... xn`.
- `iRevert (x1 ... xn) "selpat"` : revert the hypotheses given by the [selection
pattern][selpat] `selpat` into wands, and the Coq level hypotheses/variables
`x1 ... xn` into universal quantifiers. Intuitionistic hypotheses are wrapped
into the intuitionistic modality.
- `iRename "H1" into "H2"` : rename the hypothesis `H1` into `H2`.
- `iSpecialize pm_trm` : instantiate universal quantifiers and eliminate
implications/wands of a hypothesis `pm_trm`. See [proof mode terms][pm-trm] below.
- `iSpecialize pm_trm as #` : instantiate universal quantifiers and eliminate
implications/wands of a hypothesis `pm_trm` whose conclusion is persistent.
All hypotheses can be used for proving the premises of `pm_trm`, as well as
for the resulting main goal.
- `iPoseProof pm_trm as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : put `pm_trm` into the context and
destruct it using the [introduction pattern][ipat] `ipat`. This tactic is
essentially the same as `iDestruct` with the difference that `pm_trm` is not
thrown away if possible.
- `iAssert P with "spat" as "H"` : generate a new subgoal `P` and add the
hypothesis `P` to the current goal as `H`. The [specialization pattern][spat] `spat`
specifies which hypotheses will be consumed by proving `P`.
+ `iAssert P with "spat" as "ipat"` : like the above, but immediately destruct
the generated hypothesis using the [introduction pattern][ipat] `ipat`. If `ipat`
is "intuitionistic" (most commonly, it starts with `#` or `%`), then all spatial
hypotheses are available in both the subgoal for `P` as well as the current
goal. An `ipat` is considered intuitionistic if all branches start with a
`#` (which causes `P` to be moved to the intuitionistic context) or with a
`%` (which causes `P` to be moved to the pure Coq context).
+ `iAssert P as %cpat` : assert `P` and destruct it using the Coq introduction
pattern `cpat`. All hypotheses can be used for proving `P` as well as for
proving the current goal.
Introduction of logical connectives
-----------------------------------
- `iPureIntro` : turn a pure goal, typically of the form `⌜φ⌝`, into a Coq
goal. This tactic also works for goals of the shape `a ≡ b` on discrete
OFEs, and `✓ a` on discrete cameras.
- `iLeft` : prove a disjunction `P ∨ Q` by proving the left side `P`.
- `iRight` : prove a disjunction `P ∨ Q` by proving the right side `Q`.
- `iSplitL "H1 ... Hn"` : split a conjunction `P ∗ Q` into two proofs. The
hypotheses `H1 ... Hn` are used for the left conjunct, and the remaining ones
for the right conjunct. Intuitionistic hypotheses are always available in both
proofs. Also works on `P ∧ Q`, although in that case you can use `iSplit` and
retain all the hypotheses in both goals.
- `iSplitR "H0 ... Hn"` : symmetric version of the above, using the hypotheses
`H1 ... Hn` for the right conjunct. Note that the goals are still ordered
left-to-right; you can use `iSplitR "..."; last
first` to reverse the generated goals.
- `iSplit` : split a conjunction `P ∧ Q` into two goals. Also works for
separating conjunction `P ∗ Q` provided one of the operands is persistent (and both
proofs may use the entire spatial context).
- `iExist t1, .., tn` : provide a witness for an existential quantifier `∃ x, ...`. `t1
... tn` can also be underscores, which are turned into evars. (In fact they
can be arbitrary terms with holes, or `open_constr`s, and all of the
holes will be turned into evars.)
Elimination of logical connectives
----------------------------------
- `iExFalso` : change the goal to proving `False`.
- `iDestruct` is an important enough tactic to describe several special cases:
+ `iDestruct "H1" as (x1 ... xn) "H2"` : eliminate a series of existential
quantifiers in hypothesis `H1` using Coq introduction patterns `x1 ... xn`
and name the resulting hypothesis `H2`. The Coq introduction patterns can
also be used for pure conjunctions; for example we can destruct
`∃ x, ⌜v = x⌝ ∗ l ↦ x` using `iDestruct "H" as (x Heq) "H"` to immediately
put `Heq: v = x` in the Coq context.
+ `iDestruct pm_trm as "ipat"` : destruct a [proof-mode term][pm-trm] (see below) after
specialization using the [introduction pattern][ipat] `ipat`. When applied to a wand
in the intuitionistic context this tactic consumes wands (but leaves
universally quantified hypotheses). To keep the wand use `iPoseProof`
instead.
+ `iDestruct pm_trm as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : combine the above, first
specializing `pm_trm`, then eliminating existential quantifiers (and pure
conjuncts) with `x1 ... xn`, and finally destructing the resulting term
with `ipat`.
+ `iDestruct pm_trm as %cpat` : destruct the pure conclusion of a term
`pr_trm` using the Coq introduction pattern `cpat`. When using this tactic,
all hypotheses can be used for proving the premises of `pm_trm`, as well as
for proving the resulting goal.
In case all branches of `ipat` start with a `#` (which causes the hypothesis
to be moved to the intuitionistic context) or with an `%` (which causes the
hypothesis to be moved to the pure Coq context), then one can use all
hypotheses for proving the premises of `pm_trm`, as well as for proving the
resulting goal. Note that in this case the hypotheses still need to be
subdivided among the spatial premises.
Separation logic-specific tactics
---------------------------------
- `iFrame (t1 .. tn) "selpat"` : cancel the Coq terms (or Coq hypotheses)
`t1 ... tn` and Iris hypotheses given by [`selpat`][selpat] in the goal. The constructs
of the selection pattern have the following meaning:
+ `%` : repeatedly frame hypotheses from the Coq context.
+ `#` : repeatedly frame hypotheses from the intuitionistic context.
+ `∗` : frame as much of the spatial context as possible. (N.B: this
is the unicode symbol `∗`, not the regular asterisk `*`.)
Notice that framing spatial hypotheses makes them disappear, but framing Coq
or intuitionistic hypotheses does not make them disappear.
This tactic solves the goal if everything in the conclusion has been framed.
- `iCombine "H1 H2" as "ipat"` : combine `H1 : P1` and `H2 : P2` into `H: P1 ∗
P2` or something simplified but equivalent, then destruct the combined
hypthesis using `ipat`. Some examples of simplifications `iCombine` knows
about are to combine `own γ x` and `own γ y` into `own γ (x ⋅ y)`, and to
combine `l ↦{1/2} v` and `l ↦{1/2} v` into `l ↦ v`.
- `iAccu` : solves a goal that is an evar by instantiating it with all
hypotheses from the spatial context joined together with a separating
conjunction (or `emp` in case the spatial context is empty). Not commonly
used, but can be extremely useful when combined with automation.
Modalities
----------
- `iModIntro` : introduce a modality in the goal. The type class `FromModal` is
used to specify which modalities this tactic should introduce, and how
introducing that modality affects the hypotheses. Instances of
that type class include: later, except 0, basic update and fancy update,
intuitionistically, persistently, affinely, plainly, absorbingly, objectively,
and subjectively.
+ `iModIntro mod` (rarely used): introduce a specific modality named by
`mod`, which is a term pattern (i.e., a term with holes as underscores).
`iModIntro mod` will find a subterm matching `mod`, and try introducing its
topmost modality. For instance, if the goal is `⎡|==> P⎤`, using `iModIntro
⎡|==> P⎤%I` or `iModIntro ⎡_⎤%I` would introduce `⎡_⎤` and produce goal `|==>
P`, while `iModIntro (|==> _)%I` would introduce `|==>` and produce goal
`⎡P⎤`.
+ `iNext` : an alias of `iModIntro (▷^_ _)` (that is, introduce the later
modality). This eliminates a later in the goal, and in exchange also strips
one later from all the hypotheses.
+ `iNext n` : an alias of `iModIntro (▷^n _)` (that is, introduce the `▷^n`
modality).
+ `iAlways` : a deprecated alias of `iModIntro` (intended to introduce the `□`
modality).
- `iMod pm_trm as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : eliminate a modality `pm_trm` that is
an instance of the `ElimModal` type class, and destruct the resulting
hypothesis using `ipat`. Instances include: later, except 0,
basic update `|==>` and fancy update `|={E}=>`.
+ `iMod "H"` : equivalent to `iMod "H" as "H"` (eliminates the modality and
keeps the name of the hypothesis).
+ `iMod pm_trm` : equivalent to `iMod pm_term as "?"` (the resulting
hypothesis will be introduced anonymously).
Induction
---------
- `iLöb as "IH"` : perform Löb induction by
generating a hypothesis `IH : ▷ goal`.
+ `iLöb as "IH" forall (x1 ... xn) "selpat"` : perform Löb induction,
generalizing over the Coq level variables `x1 ... xn`, the hypotheses given by
the selection pattern `selpat`, and the spatial context as usual.
- `iInduction x as cpat "IH" "selpat"` : perform induction on
the Coq term `x`. The Coq introduction pattern `cpat` is used to name the introduced
variables. The induction hypotheses are inserted into the intuitionistic
context and given fresh names prefixed `IH`.
+ `iInduction x as cpat "IH" forall (x1 ... xn) "selpat"` : perform induction,
generalizing over the Coq level variables `x1 ... xn`, the hypotheses given by
the selection pattern `selpat`, and the spatial context.
Rewriting / simplification
--------------------------
- `iRewrite pm_trm` / `iRewrite pm_trm in "H"` : rewrite using an internal
equality in the proof mode goal / hypothesis `H`.
- `iRewrite -pm_trm` / `iRewrite -pm_trm in "H"` : rewrite in reverse direction
using an internal equality in the proof mode goal / hypothesis `H`.
- `iEval (tac)` / `iEval (tac) in "selpat"` : performs a tactic `tac`
on the proof mode goal / hypotheses given by the selection pattern
`selpat`. Using `%` as part of the selection pattern is unsupported.
The tactic `tac` should be a reduction or rewriting tactic like
`simpl`, `cbv`, `lazy`, `rewrite` or `setoid_rewrite`. The `iEval`
tactic is implemented by running `tac` on `?evar ⊢ P` / `P ⊢ ?evar`
where `P` is the proof goal / a hypothesis given by `selpat`. After
running `tac`, `?evar` is unified with the resulting `P`, which in
turn becomes the new proof mode goal / a hypothesis given by
`selpat`. Note that parentheses around `tac` are needed.
- `iSimpl` / `iSimpl in "selpat"` : performs `simpl` on the proof mode
goal / hypotheses given by the selection pattern `selpat`. This is a
shorthand for `iEval (simpl)`.
Iris
----
- `iInv H as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : open an invariant in hypothesis H. The result
is destructed using the Coq intro patterns `x1 ... xn` (for existential
quantifiers) and then the proof mode [introduction pattern][ipat] `ipat`.
+ `iInv H with "selpat" as (x1 ... xn) "ipat" "Hclose"` : generate an update
for closing the invariant and put it in a hypothesis named `Hclose`.
+ `iInv H with "selpat" as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : supply a selection pattern
`selpat`, which is used for any auxiliary assertions needed to open the
invariant (e.g. for cancelable or non-atomic invariants).
+ `iInv N as (x1 ... xn) "ipat"` : identify the invariant to be opened with a
namespace `N` rather than giving a specific hypothesis.
+ `iInv S with "selpat" as (x1 ... xn) "ipat" "Hclose"` : combine all the
above, where `S` is either a proof-mode identifier or a namespace.
Miscellaneous
-------------
- The tactic `done` of [std++](https://gitlab.mpi-sws.org/iris/stdpp/-/blob/master/theories/tactics.v)
(which solves "trivial" goals using `intros`, `reflexivity`, `symmetry`,
`eassumption`, `trivial`, `split`, `discriminate`, `contradiction`, etc.) is
extended so that it also, among other things:
+ performs `iAssumption`,
+ introduces `∀`, `→`, and `-∗` in the proof mode,
+ introduces pure goals `⌜ φ ⌝` using `iPureIntro` and calls `done` on `φ`, and,
+ solves other trivial proof mode goals, such as `emp`, `x ≡ x`, big operators
over the empty list/map/set/multiset.
(Note that ssreflect also has a `done` tactic. Although Iris uses ssreflect,
it overrides ssreflect's `done` tactic with std++'s.)
- The proof mode adds hints to the core `eauto` database so that `eauto`
automatically introduces: conjunctions and disjunctions, universal and
existential quantifiers, implications and wand, plainness, persistence, later
and update modalities, and pure connectives.
Selection patterns (`selpat`)
=============================
Selection patterns are used to select hypotheses in the tactics `iRevert`,
`iClear`, `iFrame`, `iLöb` and `iInduction`. The proof mode supports the
following _selection patterns_:
- `H` : select the hypothesis named `H`.
- `%` : select the entire pure/Coq context.
- `#` : select the entire intuitionistic context.
- `∗` : select the entire spatial context. (N.B: this
is the unicode symbol `∗`, not the regular asterisk `*`.)
Introduction patterns (`ipat`)
==============================
Introduction patterns are used to perform introductions and eliminations of
multiple connectives on the fly. The proof mode supports the following
_introduction patterns_:
- `H` : create a hypothesis named `H`.
- `?` : create an anonymous hypothesis.
- `_` : clear the hypothesis.
- `$` : frame the hypothesis in the goal.
- `[ipat1 ipat2]` : (separating) conjunction elimination. In order to destruct
conjunctions `P ∧ Q` in the spatial context, one of the following conditions
should hold:
+ Either the proposition `P` or `Q` should be persistent.
+ Either `ipat1` or `ipat2` should be `_`, which results in one of the
conjuncts to be thrown away.
- `(pat1 & pat2 & ... & patn)` : syntactic sugar for `[pat1 [pat2 .. patn ..]]`
to destruct nested (separating) conjunctions.
- `[ipat1|ipat2]` : disjunction elimination.
- `[]` : false elimination.
- `%H` : move the hypothesis to the pure Coq context, and name it `H`. Support
for the `%H` introduction pattern requires an implementation of the hook
`string_to_ident`. Without an implementation of this hook, the `%H` pattern
will fail. We provide an implementation of the hook using Ltac2, which works
with Coq 8.11 and later, and can be installed with opam; see
[iris/string-ident](https://gitlab.mpi-sws.org/iris/string-ident) for details.
- `%` : move the hypothesis to the pure Coq context (anonymously). Note that if
`%` is followed by an identifier, and not another token, a space is needed
to disambiguate from `%H` above.
- `->` and `<-` : rewrite using a pure Coq equality
- `# ipat` : move the hypothesis into the intuitionistic context. The tactic
will fail if the hypothesis is not intuitionistic. On success, the tactic will
strip any number of intuitionistic and persistence modalities. If the
hypothesis is already in the intuitionistic context, the tactic will still
strip intuitionistic and persistence modalities (it is a no-op if the
hypothesis does not contain such modalities).
- `-# ipat` (uncommon) : move the hypothesis into the spatial context. This can
move a hypothesis from the intuitionistic context to the spatial context, or
can explicitly specify the spatial context when the intuitionistic context
could be used (e.g., because a hypothesis was proven without using spatial
hypotheses). If the hypothesis is already in the spatial context, the tactic
is a no-op. If the hypothesis is not affine, an `` modality is added
to the hypothesis.
- `> ipat` : eliminate a modality (if the goal permits); commonly used to strip
a later from the hypotheses when it is timeless and the goal is either a `WP`
or an update modality `|={E}=>`.
Apart from this, there are the following introduction patterns that can only
appear at the top level:
- `{selpat}` : clear the hypotheses given by the selection pattern `selpat`.
Items of the selection pattern can be prefixed with `$`, which cause them to
be framed instead of cleared.
- `!%` : introduce a pure goal (and leave the proof mode).
- `!>` : introduce a modality by calling `iModIntro`.
- `!#` : introduce a modality by calling `iModIntro` (deprecated).
- `/=` : perform `simpl`.
- `//` : perform `try done` on all goals.
- `//=` : syntactic sugar for `/= //`
- `*` : introduce all universal quantifiers. (N.B.: this is the asterisk `*` and
not the separating conjunction `∗`)
- `**` : introduce all universal quantifiers, as well as all arrows and wands.
For example, given:
∀ x, ⌜ x = 0 ⌝ ⊢
□ (P → False ∨ □ (Q ∧ ▷ R) -∗
P ∗ ▷ (R ∗ Q ∧ ⌜ x = pred 2 ⌝)).
You can write
iIntros (x Hx) "!> $ [[] | #[HQ HR]] /= !>".
which results in:
x : nat
Hx : x = 0
______________________________________(1/1)
"HQ" : Q
"HR" : R
--------------------------------------□
R ∗ Q ∧ x = 1
Specialization patterns (`spat`)
================================
Since we are reasoning in a spatial logic, when eliminating a lemma or
hypothesis of type ``P_0 -∗ ... -∗ P_n -∗ R``, one has to specify how the
hypotheses are split between the premises. The proof mode supports the following
_specialization patterns_ to express splitting of hypotheses:
- `H` : use the hypothesis `H`, which should match the premise exactly. If `H` is
spatial, it will be consumed.
- `(H spat1 .. spatn)` : first recursively specialize the hypothesis `H` using
the specialization patterns `spat1 .. spatn`, and finally use the result of
the specialization of `H`, which should match the premise exactly. If `H` is
spatial, it will be consumed.
- `[H1 .. Hn]` and `[H1 .. Hn //]` : generate a goal for the premise with the
(spatial) hypotheses `H1 ... Hn` and all intuitionistic hypotheses. The
spatial hypotheses among `H1 ... Hn` will be consumed, and will not be
available for subsequent goals. Hypotheses prefixed with a `$` will be framed
in the goal for the premise. The pattern can be terminated with a `//`, which
causes `done` to be called to close the goal (after framing).
- `[-H1 ... Hn]` and `[-H1 ... Hn //]` : the negated forms of the above
patterns, where the goal for the premise will have all spatial premises except
`H1 .. Hn`.
- `[> H1 ... Hn]` and `[> H1 ... Hn //]` : like the above patterns, but these
patterns can only be used if the goal is a modality `M`, in which case
the goal for the premise will be wrapped in the modality `M`.
- `[> -H1 ... Hn]` and `[> -H1 ... Hn //]` : the negated forms of the above
patterns.
- `[# $H1 .. $Hn]` and `[# $H1 .. $Hn //]` : generate a goal for a persistent
premise in which all hypotheses are available. This pattern does not consume
any hypotheses; all hypotheses are available in the goal for the premise as
well in the subsequent goal. The hypotheses `$H1 ... $Hn` will be framed in
the goal for the premise. These patterns can be terminated with a `//`, which
causes `done` to be called to close the goal (after framing).
- `[%]` and `[% //]` : generate a Coq goal for a pure premise. This pattern
does not consume any hypotheses. The pattern can be terminated with a `//`
which causes `done` to be called to close the goal.
- `[$]` : solve the premise by framing. It will first repeatedly frame and
consume the spatial hypotheses, and then repeatedly frame the intuitionistic
hypotheses. Spatial hypothesis that are not framed are carried over to the
subsequent goal.
- `[> $]` : like the above pattern, but this pattern can only be used if the
goal is a modality `M`, in which case the goal for the premise will be wrapped
in the modality `M` before framing.
- `[# $]` : solve the persistent premise by framing. It will first repeatedly
frame the spatial hypotheses, and then repeatedly frame the intuitionistic
hypotheses. This pattern does not consume any hypotheses.
For example, given:
H : □ P -∗ P 2 -∗ R -∗ x = 0 -∗ Q1 ∗ Q2
One can write:
iDestruct ("H" with "[#] [H1 $H2] [$] [% //]") as "[H4 H5]".
Proof mode terms (`pm_trm`)
===========================
Many of the proof mode tactics (such as `iDestruct`, `iApply`, `iRewrite`) can
take both hypotheses and lemmas, and allow one to instantiate universal
quantifiers and implications/wands of these hypotheses/lemmas on the fly.
The syntax for the arguments of these tactics, called _proof mode terms_, is:
(H $! t1 ... tn with "spat1 .. spatn")
Here, `H` can be either a hypothesis or a Coq lemma whose conclusion is
of the shape `P ⊢ Q`. In the above, `t1 ... tn` are arbitrary Coq terms used
for instantiation of universal quantifiers, and `spat1 .. spatn` are
[specialization patterns][spat] to eliminate implications and wands.
Proof mode terms can be written down using the following shorthand syntaxes, too:
(H with "spat1 .. spatn")
(H $! t1 ... tn)
H
HeapLang tactics
================
If you came here looking for the `wp_` tactics, those are described in the
[HeapLang documentation](./heap_lang.md).