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proposal: text/template: detect circular imports #21914

a8m opened this issue Sep 17, 2017 · 3 comments

proposal: text/template: detect circular imports #21914

a8m opened this issue Sep 17, 2017 · 3 comments


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@a8m a8m commented Sep 17, 2017

When working on a large template project that composed from a lot of files, and you accidentally created an import cycle, what you will get on the execution is a huge chunk that is hard to debug and figure out where was the problem.

I'm proposing to add support for circular import detection in the template package, and return an informative message in cases like this.

Also, if this proposal will be accepted, I would like to create a CL.

Here's an example that demonstrates that:

@odeke-em odeke-em changed the title text/template: detect circular imports proposal: text/template: detect circular imports Sep 17, 2017
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@odeke-em odeke-em commented Sep 17, 2017

@a8m thank you for the proposal/request. This looks interesting, and IMHO fire away and go ahead with a prototype for it; the results will perhaps give more weight to your proposal. The complexity, invasiveness, benefits are easier to evaluate with an exhibit, so all yours ;)

Of course the due process proposal reviews will be performed.

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@a8m a8m commented Sep 18, 2017

Thanks for your comment @odeke-em. I'll try to come up with a prototype in the next few days.

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@rsc rsc commented Sep 18, 2017

This is no different from a program that calls itself recursively:

func main() { 

We don't detect those in the Go compiler because it's very difficult in general. I was going to suggest a maximum depth check, but there's already one in the code. If I change the snippet to use the error result and show it:

package main

import (

func main() {
	t := template.New("T0")
	t.Parse(`T0 invokes T1: ({{template "T0"}})`) // Oops!
	log.Fatal(t.Execute(os.Stdout, nil))

then I get:

<very long line, about 1.6MB>
2017/09/18 16:15:46 template: T0:1:27: executing "T0" at <{{template "T0"}}>: exceeded maximum template depth (100000)

That seems to be working correctly.

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