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cmd/go: undo replacement of -vettool with $GOVETTOOL #28636

rsc opened this issue Nov 7, 2018 · 2 comments


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commented Nov 7, 2018

Recently @alandonovan replaced -vettool with $GOVETTOOL because it simplified command line parsing a little. We should undo that. An environment variable is not appropriate for per-command configuration - that's what the command line is for - and the parsing of -vettool can run the tool to learn the other flags.

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commented Nov 7, 2018

The problem that the environment variable solves is that by the time you parse the -vettool flag, it's too late to run that tool to report its flags because you've already started parsed the command line.

An alternative might be to implement an ad-hoc command-line parser that searches for -vettool or -vettool=... among os.Args and ignores all other arguments. It's not 100% correct w.r.t. flag parsing semantics but it might be good enough.


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commented Nov 8, 2018

Change mentions this issue: cmd/go: vet: revert $GOVETTOOL env var, restore -vettool flag

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