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*From*: Leslie Lamport <tlaplus.ll@xxxxxxxxx>*Date*: Mon, 10 Apr 2023 11:34:17 -0700 (PDT)*References*: <93e2c0c4-5f31-43dd-93ab-cd360381c19bn@googlegroups.com>

What you would like ASSUME N > 0 to mean if N is a variable is

irrelevant. It's what the math says it should mean that counts. And

the TLA formula N > 0 for a variable N asserts that N > 0 is true in

the first state of a behavior. This is something that would be of

very little use. What you would like to say would be asserted by

ASSUME [](N > 0). If you want to assert that for the purpose of

proving properties, you can just make it a THEOREM without a proof.

If you want to tell TLC to make that part of the spec, you would have

to give it the formula [](N > 0) /\ ... as the specification. It would

be impossible for TLC to check specifications written as arbitrary

TLA+ formulas. It has been decided that it is more important to

devote effort to making checking as efficient as possible than

to make TLC handle a larger class of TLA+ formulas as

specifications. In this particular case, it's very simple to

rewrite a formula of the form

[](N > 0) /\ Init /\ [][Next]_vars

so it has the form

Init /\ [][Next]_vars

that TLC accepts.

Leslie

On Monday, April 10, 2023 at 11:06:42 AM UTC-7 nedsr...@xxxxxxxxx wrote:

Hello, perhaps I'm too steeped in PL ideas of well-typed programs to see it, but I am still not sure I've completely grasped why ASSUME can't be applied to variables. For example if N is a constant and I have the assumption ASSUME N \in Nat /\ N > 0 then I'm saying that my specification is limited to those traces in which the constant N can only be a Nat greater than 0. Specifically I am excluding states in which N violates this constraint. Why can't I say the same thing about a variable n instead of a constant N? Namely that I am limiting my specification to those traces in which n is a Nat greater than 0.thanks

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