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x/vgo: confusing error when run in go1.9.5 #24694

jeffallen opened this issue Apr 5, 2018 · 3 comments


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commented Apr 5, 2018

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

go1.9.5, installed via the binary downloader, so that the GOROOT compiled into the runtime is /usr/local/go.

What did you do?

Not read the instructions, try to use vgo with Go 1.9.x:

$ go version
$ go get
$ vgo list

So vgo ends up installed in $GOPATH/bin/vgo, instead of in $GOROOT/bin/vgo, which would make the code in cfg.go that looks at exe/../.. to see if it is a GOROOT correctly trigger.

What did you expect to see?

A useful error, like the one implemented in vgo's main.go: log.Fatalf("vgo requires Go 1.10")

What did you see instead?

vgo objabi: open /usr/local/go/src/cmd/internal/objabi/zbootstrap.go: no such file or directory
vgo objabi: cannot find GOARM

A related problem was first reported and a fix was made in #23957.

It is happening because vendor/cmd/go/internal/cfg/cfg.go is running objabi() in the init context, so it happens before main.go's Go 1.10 check can happen. And objabi expects cfg.GOROOT to be set correctly, but in findGOROOT, the special case to convert runtime.GOROOT into the real location where the binary distribution was unpacked is not triggered because vgo is installed in $GOPATH/bin.

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commented Apr 5, 2018

A workaround is to set VGOROOT=$(go env GOROOT), so that zbootstrap.go is at least found, but then this overly aggressive error in objabi() still kills us:

			fmt.Fprintf(os.Stderr, "vgo objabi: cannot find %s\n", key)

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commented Apr 5, 2018

Change mentions this issue: vgo: fix Go 1.9 check


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commented Jun 6, 2018

Change mentions this issue: cmd/go: fix broken TestExecutableGOROOT

gopherbot pushed a commit to golang/vgo that referenced this issue Jun 12, 2018
vendor/cmd/go: skip TestExecutableGOROOT
This test appears to have been broken by

Updates golang/go#24694.
Updates golang/go#25501.


~/src/$ go test -run=TestExecutableGOROOT .
--- FAIL: TestExecutableGOROOT (0.15s)
    --- FAIL: TestExecutableGOROOT/RuntimeGoroot (0.00s)
        go_test.go:4598: /tmp/gotest104327550/new/bin/go run testdata/print_goroot.go: exit status 1, vgo requires Go 1.10 but VGOROOT=/tmp/gotest104327550/new is not a Go 1.10 source tree
FAIL  1.730s


~/src/$ go test -run=TestExecutableGOROOT .
ok  2.870s

Change-Id: I155a1344ec704c53d3678390cafc1ad33d1a338b
Reviewed-by: Russ Cox <>

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