How to stop the time when not stepping through lines during debugging?


When debugging a program that makes use of say context.WithTimeout when you are not stepping through lines the clock keeps ticking, so before you can debug code piece that depends on given context, that context becomes done thus the code piece you are interested in debugging does not execute. For example in the following snippet I have to increase the timestamp value to be able to step through do() and retry() because otherwise timeout will be reached way before I can do it:

package main

import (

const success = 0.1
const timeframe = time.Microsecond * 2

func main() {
    ctx, cancel := context.WithTimeout(context.Background(), timeframe)

    do(ctx, cancel)

func do(ctx context.Context, cancel context.CancelFunc) {
    defer retry(ctx, cancel)

    select {
    case <-ctx.Done(): // timeout will be reached before i reach this line
        if rand.Float64() < success {
        } else {

func retry(ctx context.Context, cancel context.CancelFunc) {
    r := recover()
    if r == nil {
        do(ctx, cancel)

I haven’t used English that much to talk about programming and tech so, feel free to ask to rephrase.


How to stop the time when not stepping through lines during debugging?

You simply cannot.

You either have to increase your timeouts so large that you can do your manual debugging or not use a debugger.

Answered By – Volker

Answer Checked By – Marie Seifert (GoLangFix Admin)

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