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cmd/go: clarify -getmode=local #26370

bcmills opened this issue Jul 13, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Jul 13, 2018

Currently, the -getmode flag supports three values: vendor, local, and the empty string.
-getmode=vendor is documented in the output of go help modules, but -getmode=local is not.

I'm trying to remember exactly what it does. I had thought that it restricted imports and go get to the contents of the local module cache, but this snippet in modload.Import seems to imply that it is further restricted to the active modules in the build list (even if other modules or versions are available in cache).

We should document the intended behavior of -getmode=local, and probably add some more tests to verify what happens for imports from cached-but-inactive modules.

(CC: @rsc)

@bcmills bcmills added the modules label Jul 13, 2018

@bcmills bcmills added this to the Go1.11 milestone Jul 13, 2018

@bcmills bcmills added the NeedsFix label Jul 16, 2018


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commented Jul 20, 2018

I would even go as far as disabling this mode as a valid parameter for the release unless it is well defined again, what it does. It is such a good name.


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commented Jul 30, 2018

Change mentions this issue: cmd/go: replace -getmode with -mod, $GOPROXY

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