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cmd/compile, go/types: erroneously accepts method expressions with anonymous receiver type #15721

mdempsky opened this issue May 17, 2016 · 1 comment


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The Go spec's grammar restricts method expressions to using either a named type or pointer to a named type:

MethodExpr    = ReceiverType "." MethodName .
ReceiverType  = TypeName | "(" "*" TypeName ")" | "(" ReceiverType ")" .

cmd/compile erroneously accepts this Go source:

package p
var _ = struct{ error }.Error

go/types erroneously accepts it too.

gccgo correctly rejects with the error message "method expression requires named type or pointer to named type"

/cc @griesemer @ianlancetaylor

@mdempsky mdempsky added this to the Go1.8 milestone May 17, 2016
mdempsky added a commit to mdempsky/gocode that referenced this issue May 18, 2016
An extraction and rewrite of the logic from package suggest. In
particular, this code now handles many more subtle cases correctly.

Writing it also revealed multiple inconsistencies in the Go spec
and/or standard implementations: golang/go#15708, golang/go#15721,
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This is so closely related to #9060 that I'm going to close it as duplicate. I believe we should just accept this code and adjust the spec.

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