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encoding/gob: decode into interface{} directly fails #1271

rsc opened this issue Nov 15, 2010 · 2 comments

encoding/gob: decode into interface{} directly fails #1271

rsc opened this issue Nov 15, 2010 · 2 comments


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@rsc rsc commented Nov 15, 2010

package main

import (

type T int

func main() {
    var buf bytes.Buffer
    enc := gob.NewEncoder(&buf)
    dec := gob.NewDecoder(&buf)
    var t T = 2
    if err := enc.Encode(t); err != nil {
        log.Exitf("encode: %v", err)

    var i interface{}
    if err := dec.Decode(&i); err != nil {
        log.Exitf("decode: %v", err)

$ 6.out
2010/11/15 15:42:38 decode: gob: wrong type received for local value interface { }
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@robpike robpike commented Nov 17, 2010

Comment 1:

Gobs do not implement Go assignment rules.  If you want the receiver to decode into an
interface, you must send an interface.  Otherwise the receiver doesn't in general have
the necessary information to store the concrete value.  There are cases, like this one,
in which one could argue that the system should be able to work it out, but in general
it cannot, so that's not the semantics of gobs.

Status changed to WorkingAsIntended.

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@alberts alberts commented Nov 19, 2010

Comment 2:

If anybody else comes looking here, here's code that works:
@mikioh mikioh changed the title gob: decode into interface{} directly fails encoding/gob: decode into interface{} directly fails Feb 26, 2015
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