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fmt: Infinite loop for specific integer verbs in String method. #8374

mewmew opened this issue Jul 16, 2014 · 3 comments

fmt: Infinite loop for specific integer verbs in String method. #8374

mewmew opened this issue Jul 16, 2014 · 3 comments


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@mewmew mewmew commented Jul 16, 2014

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Given a type T with an underlying integer type, define a String method on T and use
fmt.Sprintf with one of the integer verbs to returns a string.

What happened?

It works just fine for the following integer verbs:
   'b', 'c', 'd', 'o' and 'U'
but it doesn't work for any of the following integer verbs:
   'q', 'x' and 'X'

This is because the verbs 'q', 'x' and 'X' are also valid string verbs; which have
special treatment.

What should have happened instead?
It should work for all integer verbs, if the underlying type is an integer and not a

Please provide any additional information below.
go version devel +9562b65a3c51 Wed Jul 16 20:48:57 2014 +1000 linux/amd64
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@ianlancetaylor ianlancetaylor commented Jul 16, 2014

Comment 1:

I'm not sure what the correct behaviour is here.

Labels changed: added repo-main, release-go1.4.

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@dominikh dominikh commented Jul 16, 2014

Comment 2:

This is already a somewhat regular occurrence when having a type T string that
implements the error interface and needs to print itself, in which case the accepted
solution is to add a type conversion to the underlying type.
So in this case return fmt.Sprintf("%q", int(t))
Types in Go convey method sets -- If you don't want your type to have a certain method
set (in this case one that includes the String method), convert it to a different type
that has the same underlying type but a different method set.
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@robpike robpike commented Jul 16, 2014

Comment 3:

Working as intended, and unfortunate.

Status changed to WorkingAsIntended.

@rsc rsc added this to the Go1.4 milestone Apr 14, 2015
@rsc rsc removed the release-go1.4 label Apr 14, 2015
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