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runtime: panic + recover can cancel a call to Goexit #29226

bcmills opened this Issue Dec 13, 2018 · 1 comment


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bcmills commented Dec 13, 2018

The documentation for runtime.Goexit says (emphasis mine):

Goexit terminates the goroutine that calls it. No other goroutine is affected. Goexit runs all deferred calls before terminating the goroutine. Because Goexit is not a panic, any recover calls in those deferred functions will return nil.

However, this is empirically not the case if one of the deferred functions itself triggers a panic: that panic can be recovered, and that recover cancels the termination of the goroutine.

See for a minimal illustration.

Found while investigating #29207.

CC @aclements @randall77

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randall77 commented Dec 28, 2018

Panics within panics hurt my brain.

I don't think this would be too hard to fix. We just need another bit in the goroutine to record the "in Goexit" state.

There's a comment in the runtime (from 2014):

		// If defer was started by earlier panic or Goexit (and, since we're back here, that triggered a new panic),
		// take defer off list. The earlier panic or Goexit will not continue running.

So it looks like the current behavior is at least somewhat intentional.
@rsc, who wrote that comment.

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