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cmd/compile: regressed and non-informative error messages when wrong arguments/counts are passed into a function call #48835

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odeke-em opened this issue Oct 7, 2021 · 1 comment
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@odeke-em odeke-em commented Oct 7, 2021

What version of Go are you using (go version)?

GoTip at 6f74ed0 aka Go1.18

Does this issue reproduce with the latest release?

Yes

What operating system and processor architecture are you using (go env)? Not Applicable

What did you do?

Ran this program https://play.golang.org/p/Md3pUBvDKk8 or inlined below

package main

func bar(_ int) {
}

func baz(_, _ int, _ string) {
}

func main() {
	bar()
	baz("a", "b", 10, 20)
}

What did you expect to see?

./main.go:10:5: not enough arguments in call to bar
	have ()
	want (int)
./main.go:11:5: too many arguments in call to baz
	have (string, string, number, number)
	want (int, int, string)

What did you see instead?

./main.go:10:2: not enough arguments in call to bar
./main.go:11:20: too many arguments in call to baz

This is a regression from Go1.8 and it is unique in the upcoming Go1.18; I understand there have been compiler rewrites but just a count of arguments takes us back to square 0 where we were, yet we had worked on improving the user experience of these messages. I had gotten feedback from users at Gophercon 2016 about how the change that we implemented would improve life for them.

Kindly cc-ing @mdempsky @griesemer

@odeke-em odeke-em added this to the Go1.18 milestone Oct 7, 2021
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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Oct 7, 2021

Change https://golang.org/cl/354490 mentions this issue: cmd/compile/internal/types2: return prescriptive message for mismatch call arguments

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