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spec: clarify that shift count must be non-negative

Fixes #34056.

Change-Id: I2c9b7a20d19f458df5dcc376e29bee6be1f09f7a
Reviewed-by: Brad Fitzpatrick <>
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griesemer committed Sep 4, 2019
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"Title": "The Go Programming Language Specification",
"Subtitle": "Version of Aug 26, 2019",
"Subtitle": "Version of Sep 4, 2019",
"Path": "/ref/spec"

@@ -3732,7 +3732,7 @@ <h4 id="Integer_operators">Integer operators</h4>

The shift operators shift the left operand by the shift count specified by the
right operand, which must be positive. If the shift count is negative at run time,
right operand, which must be non-negative. If the shift count is negative at run time,
a <a href="#Run_time_panics">run-time panic</a> occurs.
The shift operators implement arithmetic shifts if the left operand is a signed
integer and logical shifts if it is an unsigned integer.

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