Check out example codes for "golang read text file". It will help you in understanding the concepts better.

Code Example 1

It depends on what you are trying to do.

file, err := os.Open("file.txt")
fmt.print(file)
The reason it outputs &{0xc082016240}, is because you are printing the pointer value of a file-descriptor (*os.File), not file-content. To obtain file-content, you may READ from a file-descriptor.

To read all file content(in bytes) to memory, ioutil.ReadAll

package main

import (
    "fmt"
    "io/ioutil"
    "os"
    "log"
)

func main() {
    file, err := os.Open("file.txt")
    if err != nil {
        log.Fatal(err)
    }
    defer func() {
        if err = f.Close(); err != nil {
            log.Fatal(err)
        }
    }()


  b, err := ioutil.ReadAll(file)
  fmt.Print(b)
}

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