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cmd/go: list: incomplete error message "no Go files in" #26296

alandonovan opened this issue Jul 9, 2018 · 4 comments


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@alandonovan alandonovan commented Jul 9, 2018

$ cat a.go
package p

import "missing"

$ command go version
go version devel +4da84adc0c Mon Jul 9 19:35:21 2018 +0000 linux/amd64
$ command go list -export -e  a.go
go build missing: no Go files in 

I expect the fix is something like this:

--- a/src/cmd/go/internal/load/pkg.go
+++ b/src/cmd/go/internal/load/pkg.go
@@ -185,6 +185,9 @@ func (e *NoGoError) Error() string {
                // to appear at the end of error message.
                return "no non-test Go files in " + e.Package.Dir
+       if e.Package.Dir == "" {
+               return "no directory for package " + e.Package.ImportPath
+       }
        return "no Go files in " + e.Package.Dir

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@odeke-em odeke-em commented Jul 31, 2018

How's it going @alandonovan? Might you have some bandwidth to get this in before the end of the week? If not, no worries :)


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@mvdan mvdan commented Aug 1, 2018

I believe Alan is still on holiday :) Unless you meant to ping Russ? Either way, it will get some attention as it's milestoned for 1.11.


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@rsc rsc commented Aug 10, 2018

The root cause here is #26909. Once that's fixed, the bogus NoGoError should not be generated at all anymore.


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@rsc rsc commented Aug 17, 2018

Leaving for Go 1.12.

@rsc rsc modified the milestones: Go1.11, Go1.12 Aug 17, 2018
@bcmills bcmills modified the milestones: Go1.12, Go1.13 Jan 18, 2019
@andybons andybons modified the milestones: Go1.13, Go1.14 Jul 8, 2019
@rsc rsc modified the milestones: Go1.14, Backlog Oct 9, 2019
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