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cmd/compile: escape analysis of interface calls to unexported method names #16001

mdempsky opened this issue Jun 8, 2016 · 0 comments


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commented Jun 8, 2016

Consider this Go source:

package p

import "fmt"

type A int
func (A) f(x *int) { fmt.Println("A", *x) }

type B int
func (B) f(x *int) { fmt.Println("B", *x) }
func (B) g() {}

type Fer interface { f(x *int); g() }

func H(f Fer) {
    i := 42

At the f.f(&i) call site in H, we can't be sure exactly what method will be called. However, since it's an unexported method name, it must be implemented by a method in the same package. Consequently, if we know that all candidate methods in the package are non-escaping (such as A.f and B.f are), we can still be sure that f.f(&i) is a non-escaping call.

Note that we still have to consider A.f even though A itself doesn't implement Fer, because a downstream package could do something like:

package q

import "p"

type X struct { p.B }
type Y struct { p.A; X }

func Z() {

There are probably refinements that could avoid this though.

I happened to notice this because of package net's "exchange" function, which calls the unexported TCPConn.dnsRoundTrip or UDPConn.dnsRoundTrip methods. I haven't investigated how common this situation is though.

/cc @dr2chase @alandonovan

@mdempsky mdempsky added this to the Unplanned milestone Jun 8, 2016

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