how to show the type of a HList in scala shapeless

how to show the type of a HList in scala shapeless

How do I get the type of a HList as a String so I can print it. eg "Int :: Long :: String :: HNil"
val gen = Generic[?]
val typeString: String = ???
println("The type is " + typeString)

I know the String of it isnt very useful and usually you want the type from gen.Repr 

Solutions/Answers:

Answer 1:

Use shapeless.Typeable:

scala> import shapeless._
import shapeless._

scala> case class A(i: Int, s: String)
defined class A

scala> val gen = Generic[A]
gen: shapeless.Generic[A]{type Repr =
  shapeless.::[Int,shapeless.::[String,shapeless.HNil]]} =
    anon$macro$14$1@56639061

scala> println(Typeable[gen.Repr].describe)
Int :: String :: HNil

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