golang syscall, locked to thread


I am attempting to create an program to scrape xml files. I’m experimenting with go because of it’s goroutines. I have several thousand files, so some type of multiprocessing is almost a necessity…

I got a program to successfully run, and convert xml to csv(as a test, not quite the end result), on a test set of files, but when run with the full set of files, it gives this:

runtime: program exceeds 10000-thread limit

I’ve been looking for similar problems, and theres a couple, but i haven’t found one that was similar enough to solve this.

and finally heres some code im running:

// main func (start threads)

for i := range filelist {
  channels = append(channels, make(chan Test))
  go Parse(files[i], channels[len(channels)-1])

// Parse func (individual threads)

func Parse(fileName string, c chan Test) {
defer close(c)

doc := etree.NewDocument()
if err := doc.ReadFromFile(fileName); err != nil {

root := doc.SelectElement("trc:TestResultsCollection")

for _, test := range root.FindElements("//trc:TestResults/tr:ResultSet/tr:TestGroup/tr:Test") {
    var outcome Test
    outcome.StepType = test.FindElement("./tr:Extension/ts:TSStepProperties/ts:StepType").Text()
    outcome.Result = test.FindElement("./tr:Outcome").Attr[0].Value
    for _, attr := range test.Attr {
        if attr.Key == "name" {
            outcome.Name = attr.Value

    for _, attr := range test.FindElement("./tr:TestResult/tr:TestData/c:Datum").Attr {
        if attr.Key == "value" {
            outcome.Value = attr.Value

    c <- outcome


// main (process results when threads return)

for c := 0; c < len(channels); c++ {
    for i := range channels[c] {
        // csv processing with i

I’m sure theres some ugly code in there. I’ve just picked up go recently from other languages…so i apologize in advance. anyhow

any ideas?


I apologize for not including the correct error.
as the comments pointed out i was doing something dumb and creating a routine for every file. Thanks to JimB for correcting me, and torek for providing a solution and this link.

jobs := make(chan string, numJobs)
results := make(chan []Test, numJobs)

for w := 0; w < numWorkers; w++ {
    go Worker(w, jobs, results)

// give workers jobs

for _, i := range files {
    if filepath.Ext(i) == ".xml" {
        jobs <- ("Path to files" + i)


//result processing <- results

Answered By – Jacob Tesh

Answer Checked By – Robin (GoLangFix Admin)

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