internal/diff: simplify API, break span dependency

diff.TextEdit (now called simply Edit) no longer has a Span,
and no longer depends on the span package, which is really
part of gopls. Instead, it records only start/end byte
offsets within an (implied) file.

The diff algorithms have been simplified to avoid the need to
map offsets to line/column numbers (e.g. using a token.File).
All the conditions actually needed by the logic can be derived
by local string operations on the source text.

This change will allow us to move the span package into the
gopls module.

I was expecting that gopls would want to define its own
Span-augmented TextEdit type but, surprisingly, diff.Edit
is quite convenient to use throughout the entire repo:
in all places in gopls that manipulate Edits, the implied
file is obvious. In most cases, less conversion boilerplate
is required than before.

API Notes:
- diff.TextEdit -> Edit (it needn't be text)
- diff.ApplyEdits -> Apply
- source.protocolEditsFromSource is now private

Change-Id: I4d7cef078dfbd189b4aef477f845db320af6c5f6
Run-TryBot: Alan Donovan <>
TryBot-Result: Gopher Robot <>
gopls-CI: kokoro <>
Reviewed-by: Robert Findley <>
Auto-Submit: Alan Donovan <>
33 files changed
tree: 4e095c381d9e84af31b4943ae50ac8f6dce21aa8
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Go Tools


This repository provides the module, comprising various tools and packages mostly for static analysis of Go programs, some of which are listed below. Use the “Go reference” link above for more information about any package.

It also contains the module, whose root package is a language-server protocol (LSP) server for Go. An LSP server analyses the source code of a project and responds to requests from a wide range of editors such as VSCode and Vim, allowing them to support IDE-like functionality.

Selected commands:

  • cmd/goimports formats a Go program like go fmt and additionally inserts import statements for any packages required by the file after it is edited.
  • cmd/callgraph prints the call graph of a Go program.
  • cmd/digraph is a utility for manipulating directed graphs in textual notation.
  • cmd/stringer generates declarations (including a String method) for “enum” types.
  • cmd/toolstash is a utility to simplify working with multiple versions of the Go toolchain.

These commands may be fetched with a command such as go install

Selected packages:

  • go/ssa provides a static single-assignment form (SSA) intermediate representation (IR) for Go programs, similar to a typical compiler, for use by analysis tools.

  • go/packages provides a simple interface for loading, parsing, and type checking a complete Go program from source code.

  • go/analysis provides a framework for modular static analysis of Go programs.

  • go/callgraph provides call graphs of Go programs using a variety of algorithms with different trade-offs.

  • go/ast/inspector provides an optimized means of traversing a Go parse tree for use in analysis tools.

  • go/cfg provides a simple control-flow graph (CFG) for a Go function.

  • go/expect reads Go source files used as test inputs and interprets special comments within them as queries or assertions for testing.

  • go/gcexportdata and go/gccgoexportdata read and write the binary files containing type information used by the standard and gccgo compilers.

  • go/types/objectpath provides a stable naming scheme for named entities (“objects”) in the go/types API.

Numerous other packages provide more esoteric functionality.


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