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time: ParseDuration fails for large strings #15011

siritinga opened this issue Mar 29, 2016 · 4 comments


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commented Mar 29, 2016

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  1. What version of Go are you using (go version)?
    go 1.6
  2. What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)?
    Ubuntu x64 but it fails on too.
  3. What did you do?
    I ran which contains a large string (not really that large) to be parsed.
  4. What did you expect to see?
    Duration parsed with no errors. It works if you remove the last number of duration.
  5. What did you see instead?
    2009/11/10 23:00:00 time: invalid duration 0.12345678912345678912h

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commented Mar 29, 2016

/cc @robpike


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commented Mar 29, 2016

From what i remember when changing ParseDuration it does not use infinite precision math:
Everything after the . is read in as an int64 and then scaled to get a duration in nanoseconds.
"12345678912345678912" overflows int64 but "1234567891234567891" as int64 does not.
Whether 0.12345678912345678912 or 0.1234567891234567891 is used does not seem to make a difference for the duration as both would at the end result in the same duration, 444444440844 nanoseconds. So in principle one could parse more digits only to discard them since they have no affect on the final duration in nanoseconds. Not sure if that would be preferred since it gives an even more false sense of how accurate the parsed duration really is.


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commented Mar 29, 2016

Hi, thanks for checking this.

I understand that there is no benefit in using so many digits. I found the issue because I was parsing the duration as I got it from somewhere else and this string came.

However, it seems that this case also fails, but it is a valid time inside precision (59 seconds and one nanosecond, expressed in hours): If you start removing the last digits, you get 59s, not 59s1ns. You can get 59s1ns if you round it by hand ( I don't know if these cases should be managed by ParseDuration (and Parse may have the same issue).

@bradfitz bradfitz added this to the Unplanned milestone Apr 7, 2016


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commented Sep 18, 2016

CL mentions this issue.

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