I'm getting started with TLA+ and TLC, and exercising myself by verifying (or
falsifying!) properties about simple locking algorithms like Peterson and
filter. "First-Come, First-Served" (FCFS) is on the list, and I'd like to
check it in TLC.
My trouble is that FCFS wants the Until temporal operator, which TLA doesn't
include. I can express FCFS using the -+-> operator (where F -+-> G true if G
holds at least one step longer than F) but I then get the error "TLC cannot
handle the temporal formula...". I was using something like this:
(\A self \in ProcSet: \A other \in ProcSet :
((pc[self] = "in_filter" /\
pc[other] = "not_in_filter") =>
(pc[other] /= "in_cs" -+-> pc[self] = "in_cs")))
What is the preferred way to check a property like FCFS in TLC? More
generally, what should I try first when I come up against something that seems
to need a binary LTL operator?