19 Jun 2014, 21:19

Building goiardi on Solaris/illumos/etc.

With the recent release of Go 1.3, Go now has experimental support for Solaris and its various derivatives. This means that goiardi will build and run on Solaris, although in an experimental way.

Unfortunately to get Go on Solaris/illumos/etc. you have to build it yourself from source, and at least when I was trying it out with OmniOS in vagrant it did not come with gcc by default. Getting go up so you can try out goiardi (if you don’t want to get the binary is pretty straightforward.

  • First, install gcc. These instructions set you through installing gcc. It wasn’t clear to me at first, but you do have to run all the pkg install commands mentioned. First install the appropriate version of gcc, then install those other packages.

Once that’s done, make sure your PATH is set per the instructions on that page.

  • Install git with pkg install developer/versioning/git

  • Next, download go 1.3: wget http://golang.org/dl/go1.3.src.tar.gz and extract it somewhere. This will be your GOROOT. Set the environment variable with export GOROOT=<go's location> (assuming you’re using bash or similar).

The next steps come from *Installing Go from source:

  • In this new GOROOT, cd src/, then run ./all.bash. It will build go for you. If it complains about being unable to find unistd.h, you were like me and forgot the second step on that Installing GCC page.

  • You want to actually be able to use go, so add it to your path: export PATH=$PATH:$GOROOT/bin.

  • Now you need a workspace. In your home directory, run:

mkdir gocode
mkdir gocode/src
mkdir gocode/bin
mkdir gocode/pkg
export GOPATH=$HOME/gocode
export PATH=$PATH:$GOPATH/bin
  • Almost there. All that’s left is running
go get -t github.com/ctdk/goiardi
go install github.com/ctdk/goiardi

Assuming all went well, you can run goiardi at your prompt with whatever options you want, and it will happily run. After this point using goiardi is like using it on any other platform.

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