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cmd/go: -coverpkg packages imported by all tests, even ones that otherwise do not use it #23910

ChrisHines opened this issue Feb 18, 2018 · 5 comments


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@ChrisHines ChrisHines commented Feb 18, 2018

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

go version go1.10 windows/amd64

Does this issue reproduce with the latest release?


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

set GOARCH=amd64
set GOBIN=
set GOCACHE=C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Local\go-build
set GOEXE=.exe
set GOHOSTARCH=amd64
set GOHOSTOS=windows
set GOOS=windows
set GOPATH=C:\Users\Chris\Go
set GOROOT=C:\Go
set GOTOOLDIR=C:\Go\pkg\tool\windows_amd64
set GCCGO=gccgo
set CC=gcc
set CXX=g++
set CGO_CFLAGS=-g -O2
set CGO_FFLAGS=-g -O2
set CGO_LDFLAGS=-g -O2
set PKG_CONFIG=pkg-config
set GOGCCFLAGS=-m64 -mthreads -fno-caret-diagnostics -Qunused-arguments -fmessage-length=0 -fdebug-prefix-map=C:\Users\Chris\AppData\Local\Temp\go-build675280250=/tmp/go-build -gno-record-gcc-switches

What did you do?

>go get

>cd $GOPATH/

>go run main.go

>go test ./...
?      [no test files]
ok       (cached)

>go test -coverpkg=./... .
?      [no test files]

>go test -coverpkg=./... ./subdir
ok       0.052s  coverage: 0.0% of statements in ./...

>go test -coverpkg=. ./subdir
warning: no packages being tested depend on matches for pattern .
ok       0.057s  coverage: 0.0% of statements in .

>go test -coverpkg=. ./...
?      [no test files]
panic: open tmpl.txt: The system cannot find the file specified.

goroutine 1 [running]:
text/template.Must(0x0, 0x5c8ba0, 0xc042064390, 0x1)
        C:/Go/src/text/template/helper.go:23 +0x5b
FAIL       0.056s

>go test -coverpkg=./... ./...
?      [no test files]
panic: open tmpl.txt: The system cannot find the file specified.

goroutine 1 [running]:
text/template.Must(0x0, 0x5c8ba0, 0xc042074390, 0x1)
        C:/Go/src/text/template/helper.go:23 +0x5b
FAIL       0.055s

What did you expect to see?

I expected the tests to pass regardless of how they are launched by the go tool.

What did you see instead?

Using -coverpkg=./... in combination with the test package pattern ./... caused a panic for a missing file even though the file exists. It is also confusing that running the tests on individual packages or without -coverpkg=./... does not panic.

@ianlancetaylor ianlancetaylor changed the title cmd/go: test -coverpkg=./... ./... incompatible with template.Must for local files. cmd/go: -coverpkg packages imported by all tests, even ones that otherwise do not use it Mar 28, 2018
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@ianlancetaylor ianlancetaylor commented Mar 28, 2018

I think the problem is that cmd/go rewrites tests to import all packages listed in -coverpkgs. It then runs the test for package subdir in the subdir directory. In your case the main package is listed in -coverpkgs, so the test imports it. The only thing that is run in the main package is the initializers. In your program that is what fails: the initializer loads a relative file and can only run in the main package directory, not in the subdirectory.

Not sure what the right fix is.

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@rsc rsc commented Apr 18, 2018

/cc @bcmills

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@nvartolomei nvartolomei commented Nov 28, 2018

Sounds like #27336

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@forsaken628 forsaken628 commented Dec 18, 2020


go test -v -coverpkg=./... ./...

-- go.mod --
module test
-- main.go --
package main

import "flag"

func init() { flag.Parse() }
-- bar/bar.go --
package bar
-- bar/bar_test.go --
package bar
--- FAIL: TestScript (0.01s)
    --- FAIL: TestScript/test_cover_main_init (1.22s)
            > go test -v -coverpkg=./... ./...
            ?           test    [no test files]
            flag provided but not defined: -test.testlogfile
            Usage of $WORK/tmp/go-build1087252013/b037/bar.test:
            FAIL        test/bar        0.779s
            [exit status 1]
            FAIL: testdata/script/test_cover_main_init.txt:1: unexpected command failure
FAIL    cmd/go  2.598s


maybe skip main package without test files

Index: src/cmd/go/internal/test/test.go
diff --git a/src/cmd/go/internal/test/test.go b/src/cmd/go/internal/test/test.go
--- a/src/cmd/go/internal/test/test.go	(revision dfaf69eccc66f44e9ca150d062baadf53c574438)
+++ b/src/cmd/go/internal/test/test.go	(revision cfab536ac976f7597165cfac002c80cc6613ad5f)
@@ -731,6 +731,11 @@

+			// Don't call main.init, if no test file.
+			if p.Name == "main" && len(p.TestGoFiles)+len(p.XTestGoFiles) == 0 {
+				continue
+			}
 			if haveMatch {
 				testCoverPkgs = append(testCoverPkgs, p)
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@slinkydeveloper slinkydeveloper commented May 19, 2021

If you want to try a bigger project to reproduce the issue, clone and run the test with:

go test -race -coverpkg=./... ./...

For more details: knative/pkg#2113

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