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Go is an open source, statically typed, compiled programming language.

Go can be used to write software, and is used to make some of the packages that are available in the Gentoo ebuild repository.


USE flags

USE flags for dev-lang/go A concurrent garbage collected and typesafe programming language


Install Go:

root #emerge --ask dev-lang/go


When the Go package is updated, some packages may need to be re-emerged. After a Go update, Portage outputs:

* After dev-lang/go is updated it is recommended to rebuild
* all packages compiled with previous versions of dev-lang/go
* due to the static linking nature of go.
* If this is not done, the packages compiled with the older
* version of the compiler will not be updated until they are
* updated individually, which could mean they will have
* vulnerabilities.
* Run 'emerge @golang-rebuild' to rebuild all 'go' packages
* See https://bugs.gentoo.org/752153 for more info

So it is advisable, after updating Go, to run:

root #emerge --ask @golang-rebuild


Environment variables

Users may customize how Go builds packages by setting these variables, similar to the way the C build system is configured using CFLAGS or LDFLAGS:

  • GOAMD64 (corresponds to x86_64 microarchitecture levels)
  • GO386 (for x86)
  • GOARM (for arm)

For example, in /etc/portage/make.conf, one may set:

FILE /etc/portage/make.conf

# https://github.com/golang/go/wiki/MinimumRequirements#architectures
# Pick carefully based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64#Microarchitecture_levels!
# For amd64 (v1 (default)/v2/v3/v4):
# For x86 (sse2 (default)/softfloat):
# For arm (5/6 (usually default)/7):
The MinimumRequirements variables for optimization at compilation time, as with CFLAGS, will produce binaries that will not run on unsupported processors.



user $go --help
Go is a tool for managing Go source code.


	go <command> [arguments]

The commands are:

	bug         start a bug report
	build       compile packages and dependencies
	clean       remove object files and cached files
	doc         show documentation for package or symbol
	env         print Go environment information
	fix         update packages to use new APIs
	fmt         gofmt (reformat) package sources
	generate    generate Go files by processing source
	get         add dependencies to current module and install them
	install     compile and install packages and dependencies
	list        list packages or modules
	mod         module maintenance
	work        workspace maintenance
	run         compile and run Go program
	test        test packages
	tool        run specified go tool
	version     print Go version
	vet         report likely mistakes in packages

Use "go help <command>" for more information about a command.

Additional help topics:

	buildconstraint build constraints
	buildmode       build modes
	c               calling between Go and C
	cache           build and test caching
	environment     environment variables
	filetype        file types
	go.mod          the go.mod file
	gopath          GOPATH environment variable
	gopath-get      legacy GOPATH go get
	goproxy         module proxy protocol
	importpath      import path syntax
	modules         modules, module versions, and more
	module-get      module-aware go get
	module-auth     module authentication using go.sum
	packages        package lists and patterns
	private         configuration for downloading non-public code
	testflag        testing flags
	testfunc        testing functions
	vcs             controlling version control with GOVCS

Use "go help <topic>" for more information about that topic.



To remove Go:

root #emerge --ask --depclean --verbose dev-lang/go

See also