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proposal: x/sys/execabs: deprecate the package #64047

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rolandshoemaker opened this issue Nov 9, 2023 · 4 comments
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proposal: x/sys/execabs: deprecate the package #64047

rolandshoemaker opened this issue Nov 9, 2023 · 4 comments
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@rolandshoemaker
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x/sys/execabs was introduced after we introduced the internal/execabs package in 2021 in order to fix a security issue, so that the same functionality could be used in external packages. In 1.19 we changed the default behavior of os/exec to match internal/execabs, and removed that package.

At this point it seems reasonable to deprecate x/sys/execabs, and point people at os/exec again.

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bcmills commented Nov 9, 2023

This seems like it would be a great use-case for //go:fix inlining (#32816) once we have that. 🙃

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just deprecate or tag/isolate/delete?

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bcmills commented Nov 10, 2023

It probably has enough existing usage that we shouldn't tag-and-delete yet. (Most of the other tag-and-delete packages were unmaintained and virtually unused for many years prior to deletion.)

But I wonder if we should put this on hold until we have a //go:fix tool available, to minimize the amount of work needed for users to resolve the deprecation notices. Given that it is such a thin wrapper around os/exec, the maintenance cost of keeping it around in the meantime doesn't seem particularly high.

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I think postponing until we have //go:fix support is reasonable, we're not really in a rush.

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