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We use golangci-lint v1.38.0 to run various types of linters on our codebase. All settings are stored in the .golangci.yml file. golangci-lint is very flexible and customizable. Check the docs to see how configuration works

How to Run

  1. Install the golangci-lint program
  2. In the project root: golangci-lint run

Dealing With Errors

Most of the errors that golangci-lint reports are errors from formatting linters like gofmt, goimports and etc. You can easily auto-fix them with:

golangci-lint run --fix

Here is the full list of linters that support the auto-fix feature: gofmt, gofumpt, goimports, misspell, whitespace.

In case it's not a formatting error, do your best to fix it first. If you think it's a false alarm there are a few ways how to disable that check in golangci-lint:

  • Exclude the check by the error text regexp. Example: 'Error return value of .((os\.)?std(out|err)\..*|.*Close|.*Flush|os\.Remove(All)?|.*print(f|ln)?|os\.(Un)?Setenv). is not checked'.
  • Exclude the entire linter for that file type. Example: don't run errcheck in Go test files.
  • Change linter settings to make it more relaxed.
  • Disable that particular error occurrence: use a comment with a special nolint directive next to the place in code with the error. Example: // nolint: errcheck.


Building an Image

We use the new buildkit docker engine to build iotaledger/goshimmer image. The minimum required docker version that supports this feature is 18.09. To enable buildkit engine in your local docker add the following to the docker configuration json file:

{ "features": { "buildkit": true } }

Check this article for details on how to do that.


If you already enabled the buildkit engine in the configuration json file as described above and docker version is 18.09 or higher, try to set the following env variables when building the docker image:

DOCKER_BUILDKIT=1 COMPOSE_DOCKER_CLI_BUILD=1 docker build -t iotaledger/goshimmer .