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cmd/go: merge coverage profiles from subprocesses #28235

bcmills opened this issue Oct 16, 2018 · 1 comment

cmd/go: merge coverage profiles from subprocesses #28235

bcmills opened this issue Oct 16, 2018 · 1 comment


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@bcmills bcmills commented Oct 16, 2018

According to this snippet, initCoverProfile clears the coverage profile on every run:

// Using this function clears the profile in case it existed from a previous run,
// or in case it doesn't exist and the test is going to fail to create it (or not run).

That seems counterproductive when we're collecting coverage from a test that runs a binary multiple times (such as the tests for cmd/go itself), or from a test that invokes itself as a subprocess.

Instead, I suspect that we should use OS-level file locking so that we can merge coverage from multiple invocations.

If we do that, I'm not entirely sure when we should remove the previous profile, though.

(CC: @ianlancetaylor @rsc)

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