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The unconvert program analyzes Go packages to identify unnecessary type conversions; i.e., expressions T(x) where x already has type T.
$ go get github.com/mdempsky/unconvert
$ unconvert -v bytes fmt GOROOT/src/bytes/reader.go:117:14: unnecessary conversion abs = int64(r.i) + offset ^ GOROOT/src/fmt/print.go:411:21: unnecessary conversion p.fmt.integer(int64(v), 16, unsigned, udigits) ^
Using the -v flag, unconvert will also print the source line and a caret to indicate the unnecessary conversion's position therein.
Using the -apply flag, unconvert will rewrite the Go source files without the unnecessary type conversions.
Using the -all flag, unconvert will analyze the Go packages under all possible GOOS/GOARCH combinations, and only identify conversions that are unnecessary in all cases.
E.g., syscall.Timespec's Sec and Nsec fields are int64 under linux/amd64 but int32 under linux/386. An int64(ts.Sec) conversion that appears in a linux/amd64-only file will be identified as unnecessary, but it will be preserved if it occurs in a file that's compiled for both linux/amd64 and linux/386.