Simple error handling primitives
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Package errors provides simple error handling primitives.

go get

The traditional error handling idiom in Go is roughly akin to

if err != nil {
        return err

which applied recursively up the call stack results in error reports without context or debugging information. The errors package allows programmers to add context to the failure path in their code in a way that does not destroy the original value of the error.

Adding context to an error

The errors.Wrap function returns a new error that adds context to the original error. For example

_, err := ioutil.ReadAll(r)
if err != nil {
        return errors.Wrap(err, "read failed")

Retrieving the cause of an error

Using errors.Wrap constructs a stack of errors, adding context to the preceding error. Depending on the nature of the error it may be necessary to reverse the operation of errors.Wrap to retrieve the original error for inspection. Any error value which implements this interface can be inspected by errors.Cause.

type causer interface {
        Cause() error

errors.Cause will recursively retrieve the topmost error which does not implement causer, which is assumed to be the original cause. For example:

switch err := errors.Cause(err).(type) {
case *MyError:
        // handle specifically
        // unknown error

Read the package documentation for more information.


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