When a golang function signature is split with a linebreak it does not appear in imenu nor helm-imenu. I would like to jump between functions using helm-imenu, but this issue is in my way. Not hard-wrapping the function signatures is not a solution because others on my team have other preferences.

For example:

// This function does _not_ appear in imenu.
func (b *Foo) LongFunction(ctx context.Context, a A,
    b B, c C) foobar.Bazzybaz {

// But this one does!
func (b *Foo) ShortFunction(ctx context.Context, d D) foobar.Wazoo {

Short of fixing the problem for me, it would be super helpful if you could point me towards where helm-menu/imenu gets its symbol list in the first place. Or another package suggestion for fuzzy-searching the file's function list.

emacs 24.5 (9.0)
osx 10.12.3

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    See imenu.el, variable imenu-generic-expression
    – Drew
    Feb 17, 2017 at 17:02

1 Answer 1


Fixed it by changing the value of imenu-generic-expression to

'(("type" "^[ \t]*type *\\([^ \t\n\r\f]*[ \t]*\\(struct\\|interface\\)\\)" 1)
  ("func" "^func *\\(.*\\)" 1)))

Which has two advantages over the original value. it recognizes split-line functions, and it notices embedded types.

I'll probably submit a PR to go-mode, but until then to get this rolling you can do

;;; Go mode.
(defun my-go-mode-hook ()
  ; Custom imenu regexes
  (setq imenu-generic-expression
        '(("type" "^[ \t]*type *\\([^ \t\n\r\f]*[ \t]*\\(struct\\|interface\\)\\)" 1)
          ("func" "^func *\\(.*\\)" 1)))

 (add-hook 'go-mode-hook 'my-go-mode-hook)

Thanks for the tip about imenu-generic-expression Drew!

  • 1
    Thanks for posting your solution! Could you please accept your own answer so we can mark this post as done?
    – Dan
    Mar 19, 2017 at 21:47

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