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cmd/vet: reject flag.Parse during func init #33190

rsc opened this issue Jul 19, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Jul 19, 2019

In #31859, @cespare suggested rejecting flag.Parse during func init, which is always incorrect (other packages not yet initialized may want to define flags).

We could add a special runtime hook of some kind to allow flag to see whether main.main has started, but that would be unfortunate.
There also may be lots of code in the wild that does parse flags during init and kind of works out OK, and if it's working well enough we don't want to break it unnecessarily.

A vet check, on by default during go test, seems like the perfect compromise to me.

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