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Hi All,

In advance, i’d like to thank you for taking the time to look at my code and help me understand things.

The code below is a simple execution of a buffered channel. What i’m assuming is happening here is that since the buffer in the channel has a size of 1, multiple writes to it in a short amount of time result in a buffer overflow. However, with a deadlock error message, i’m not sure if that’s the case. This is why i am confused and would like some help understanding this concept.

Here is the code:

package main

import (

func printer(reqChan chan string, resChan chan string){
	for {
		select {
			case m := <- reqChan:
				fmt.Printf("received job [%s]n", m)
				resChan <- m

func main(){
	jobs := 5
	numWorkers := 1
	queSize := 1

	bufChan := make(chan string, queSize)
	resChan := make(chan string, queSize)

	for i := 0; i < numWorkers; i++ {
		 printer(bufChan, resChan)

	// send jobs
	for i := 0; i < jobs; i++ {
		fmt.Println("sending job", i)
		bufChan <- fmt.Sprintf("buff %d", i)
		fmt.Println("sent job", i)

	// collect responses
	for i := 0; i < jobs; i++ {
		fmt.Println(<- resChan)

Here is the output & error:

sending job 0
sent job 0
sending job 1
sent job 1
sending job 2
received job [buff 0]
received job [buff 1]
sent job 2
sending job 3
fatal error: all goroutines are asleep - deadlock!

thank you again!