go not running program with name package_test.go


I have following code under package pack1. Name of file is pack1.go

package pack1

var Pack1Int int = 42
var pack1Float = 3.14

func ReturnStr() string {
    return "Hello world!"

And following code in main program. Name of file is package_test.go

package main

import (

func main() {
    var test1 string
    test1 = pack1.ReturnStr()
    fmt.Printf("Return string from pack1 : %s\n", test1)
    fmt.Printf("Integer from pack1 : %d\n", pack1.Pack1Int)

When I try to run it with command go run package_test.go I get following error:

go run: cannot run *_test.go files (package_test.go)

But if I rename file to abc.go then I am getting proper output i.e.

Return string from pack1 : Hello world!
Integer from pack1 : 42

I am curious about what is wrong with using package_test.go as file name.
For code with only main package this name is working fine.

Is this a bug in Go or I am doing something wrong ?


You can’t name your program files as *_test.go as this is part of integrated Go testing system

To write a new test suite, create a file whose name ends _test.go that contains the TestXxx functions as described here. Put the file in the same package as the one being tested. The file will be excluded from regular package builds but will be included when the “go test” command is run. For more detail, run “go help test” and “go help testflag”.

Just rename package_test.go to packagetest.go

Answered By – CrazyCrow

Answer Checked By – Gilberto Lyons (GoLangFix Admin)

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