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cmd/go: 'go get -d' in a lazy module should promote transitive imports of the named package(s) to roots #45979

bcmills opened this issue May 5, 2021 · 2 comments


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@bcmills bcmills commented May 5, 2021

(This is a pre-release cleanup needed for #36460, noticed during testing.)

In go 1.17 modules, we maintain the invariant that the modules providing all packages transitively imported by the main module are listed explicitly in its go.mod file.

go get currently adds a requirement on the module(s) providing the package(s) requested on the command line, but not their transitive imports. (This matches the behavior of go get in pre-1.17 modules.)

However, I expect that most users who run go get on a package will intend to actually import that package. If that is the case, then if they are in the default -mod=readonly mode their builds involving that package will fail until they run go mod tidy.

I would rather that go get make the requested package importable right away, with go mod tidy only needed to clean up any extraneous dependencies afterward. To make that work for go 1.17 modules, go get should be changed to add explicit requirements for all of the indirectly-imported packages too.

CC @jayconrod @matloob

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@dmitshur dmitshur commented May 20, 2021

@bcmills Checking in from a release meeting as this a release blocking issue, are there updates on this? Thanks.

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@bcmills bcmills commented May 20, 2021

I'm still planning to do this. Honestly, I'm not sure that it even needs to block the beta — go get doesn't get a whole lot of user testing anyway, and following it with go mod tidy is fine as a workaround.

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