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encoding/xml: Marshal fails to handle conflicting tags #18564

alexd765 opened this Issue Jan 8, 2017 · 4 comments


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alexd765 commented Jan 8, 2017

Please answer these questions before submitting your issue. Thanks!

What version of Go are you using (go version)?

tip and 1.7.4
(this is not a regression)

What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)?


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xml: name "name1" in tag of main.A.B conflicts with name "name2" in main.B.XMLName lists the order of preference for the name of an element.

The example works if you remove the tag name1 or name2. This means the order of preferences (name1,name3) and (name2,name3) are working, but (name1,name2) is not.


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titanous commented Jan 9, 2017

This appears to be working as intended. The comment around the code that implements the error says:

If the field type has an XMLName field, the names must match so that the behavior of both marshaling and unmarshaling is straightforward and unambiguous.

Having conflicting name tags in the code is incorrect and this error is designed to point that out.


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alexd765 commented Jan 9, 2017

Hm then maybe this is just a documentation issue?

The documentation i linked gave me the impression that there are 5 different ways to name an element and it would be able to handle conflicts by the order of preference.

I would argue that it is a little bit confusing that some conflicts can be handled, but others can't.

@bradfitz bradfitz added this to the Go1.9Maybe milestone Jan 13, 2017

@bradfitz bradfitz added the NeedsFix label Jul 20, 2017

@bradfitz bradfitz modified the milestones: Go1.10, Go1.9Maybe Jul 20, 2017


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gopherbot commented Nov 7, 2017

Change mentions this issue: encoding/xml: add Marshal doc about name conflicts


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leighmcculloch commented Nov 7, 2017

I've added a paragraph to the xml.Marshal function docs that mirror the comment in structFieldInfo to bring the knowledge into godocs. CL 76321

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