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proposal: testing: provide a way to log a line without a source location #23747

rogpeppe opened this issue Feb 8, 2018 · 2 comments


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rogpeppe commented Feb 8, 2018

There's no way to log a line without also including source information of a caller of Log.

When hooking logger implementations up *testing.T so that log messages can be directly associated with a test (particularly important when running parallel tests), the source line is almost always noise, as one of the callers of t.Log will be a function in the logging package, which cannot call Helper. Also the logger
implementation will usually be in a position to add its own annotation.

Unnecessary noise can often be a significant barrier to quick comprehension of test output.

We propose that a new method be added to *testing.T, *testing.B and testing.TB:

// LogClean logs the given arguments similarly to Log, but does
// not decorate the line with file and line number information.
func (t *T) LogClean(args ...interface{})
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FiloSottile commented Feb 10, 2018

For the same reason, I often wanted a io.Writer bound to the test output (and had to implement a bad one on top of T.Log). Sounds like that might be a better solution because it also avoids spurious newlines, and plugs right into log.SetOutput.

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rsc commented Mar 5, 2018

I understand your point but in this case it seems like the best choice is to print another file:line after with what you want to indicate. New API for this doesn't seem warranted.
Note that you could also just log all your output to a buffer and print it out at the end as a multiline t.Log, and then you only get one prefix at the start.

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