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cmd/go: do not record required versions for modules resolved by local replacements #33370

bcmills opened this issue Jul 30, 2019 · 2 comments


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@bcmills bcmills commented Jul 30, 2019

In CL 153157, I added code so that a module path that has a replace directive resolves to a pseudo-version of the form vX.0.0-00010101000000-000000000000 rather than checking for upstream dependencies.

That unblocks builds, but means that the module graph may indicate a commit that doesn't actually exist. There are use-cases for such a configuration, such as testing against unpublished commits of upstream modules (see #26241 (comment) and #32776), but since the commit does not actually exist, the requirement graph of the resulting module cannot be used without a corresponding replace directive in every downstream consumer.

Since this pseudo-version has an unambiguous and very unique commit hash (all zeroes!), I propose that we special-case it (if unreplaced) and treat it as equivalent to an empty commit.

CC @jayconrod @thepudds @rogpeppe

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@bcmills bcmills commented Oct 15, 2019

Thinking about this some more, I think using the zero-version was a mistake.

Instead, we shouldn't be writing the require directive out at all: we don't know any valid version to require, and if a downstream consumer requires our module they're better off resolving latest instead.

That seems to support the second case considered in #26344 (comment): this sort of wildcard replace directive effectively means “select the latest version (none), and then select this replacement as if it were a slightly-higher version.”

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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Feb 19, 2020

Change mentions this issue: design/36460: add design for lazy module loading

gopherbot pushed a commit to golang/proposal that referenced this issue Mar 5, 2020
Updates golang/go#36460
Updates golang/go#27900
Updates golang/go#26955
Updates golang/go#30831
Updates golang/go#32058
Updates golang/go#32380
Updates golang/go#32419
Updates golang/go#33370
Updates golang/go#33669
Updates golang/go#36369

Change-Id: I1d4644e3e8b4e688c2fc5a569312495e5072b7d7
Reviewed-by: Russ Cox <>
@bcmills bcmills modified the milestones: Go1.15, Backlog Apr 28, 2020
@bcmills bcmills changed the title cmd/go: treat pseudo-version 'vX.0.0-00010101000000-000000000000' as equivalent to an empty commit cmd/go: do not record required versions for modules resolved by local replacements Jun 16, 2020
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