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// Copyright 2012 Aaron Jacobs. All Rights Reserved.
// Author: (Aaron Jacobs)
// Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
// you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
// You may obtain a copy of the License at
// Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
// distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
// See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
// limitations under the License.
package oglematchers
import (
var byteSliceType reflect.Type = reflect.TypeOf([]byte{})
// DeepEquals returns a matcher that matches based on 'deep equality', as
// defined by the reflect package. This matcher requires that values have
// identical types to x.
func DeepEquals(x interface{}) Matcher {
return &deepEqualsMatcher{x}
type deepEqualsMatcher struct {
x interface{}
func (m *deepEqualsMatcher) Description() string {
xDesc := fmt.Sprintf("%v", m.x)
xValue := reflect.ValueOf(m.x)
// Special case: fmt.Sprintf presents nil slices as "[]", but
// reflect.DeepEqual makes a distinction between nil and empty slices. Make
// this less confusing.
if xValue.Kind() == reflect.Slice && xValue.IsNil() {
xDesc = "<nil slice>"
return fmt.Sprintf("deep equals: %s", xDesc)
func (m *deepEqualsMatcher) Matches(c interface{}) error {
// Make sure the types match.
ct := reflect.TypeOf(c)
xt := reflect.TypeOf(m.x)
if ct != xt {
return NewFatalError(fmt.Sprintf("which is of type %v", ct))
// Special case: handle byte slices more efficiently.
cValue := reflect.ValueOf(c)
xValue := reflect.ValueOf(m.x)
if ct == byteSliceType && !cValue.IsNil() && !xValue.IsNil() {
xBytes := m.x.([]byte)
cBytes := c.([]byte)
if bytes.Equal(cBytes, xBytes) {
return nil
return errors.New("")
// Defer to the reflect package.
if reflect.DeepEqual(m.x, c) {
return nil
// Special case: if the comparison failed because c is the nil slice, given
// an indication of this (since its value is printed as "[]").
if cValue.Kind() == reflect.Slice && cValue.IsNil() {
return errors.New("which is nil")
return errors.New("")
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