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x/tools/go/packages: misleading error messages #29529

pjweinb opened this issue Jan 3, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Jan 3, 2019

go list is sensitive to GOPATH, but the error message do not tell the user what to do.
In particular
go list -deps=true -- ~/gostuff/foo
fails with "cannot import absolute path" if GOPATH doesn't include ~/gostuff, but works if it does.

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commented Jan 4, 2019

go list ~/foo.go returns "command-line-arguments"

I don't know what it should return (maybe an error "~/foo.go is not a package"?)

go list -deps ~/foo.go
helpfully returns a list of packages, followed by the mysterious "command-line-arguments", which seems to be an internal made-up package name placeholder, but it's confusing.

@pjweinb pjweinb changed the title x/tools/go/packages x/tools/go/packages: misleading error messages Jan 4, 2019


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commented Mar 22, 2019

I'll assign to myself to make sure the errors returned by go/packages are clear, and i'll unassign again for the investigation/decision of what to do for go list itself

@matloob matloob self-assigned this Mar 22, 2019

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