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go/types, types2: error messages print untyped nil, compiler used to print just nil #48852

griesemer opened this issue Oct 7, 2021 · 2 comments


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@griesemer griesemer commented Oct 7, 2021

Maybe it's sufficient to just print nil where we print untyped nil in error messages. The untyped nil is printed to differenciate it from typed nil's, but now we print the type of typed nil's in parentheses.


Marked for 1.18 in case we consider it important for more concise error messages, but could easily be backlog.

cc: @findleyr

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@griesemer griesemer commented Oct 7, 2021

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@cuonglm cuonglm commented Oct 8, 2021

To be clear, I think the compiler used to print just nil when constant involves, because technically, nil is not a constant. In other cases, the compiler does print untyped nil:

$ cat x.go
package p

var _ = copy(nil, []int{})
$ go tool compile -G=0 x.go
x.go:3:13: use of untyped nil

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