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doc: document the way the tools work #11854

robpike opened this issue Jul 24, 2015 · 1 comment

doc: document the way the tools work #11854

robpike opened this issue Jul 24, 2015 · 1 comment


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@robpike robpike commented Jul 24, 2015

Nowhere is it explained how go build constructs software: how the compiler and linker run, where files are placed, how test builds its code, and so on. There should be an implementation and explanation document outlining this process. Such a document would also help someone who must use Go from within an existing software construction system.

@robpike robpike added this to the Go1.6 milestone Jul 24, 2015
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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Jul 24, 2015

CL mentions this issue.

robpike added a commit that referenced this issue Jul 27, 2015
Not everyone is aware that go build is a wrapper for other
tools. Mention this in the text for go help build so people using
other build systems won't just wrap go build, which is usually a
mistake (it doesn't do incremental builds by default, for instance).

Update #11854.

Change-Id: I759f91f23ccd3671204c39feea12a3bfaf9f0114
Reviewed-by: Ian Lance Taylor <>
@rsc rsc modified the milestones: Go1.7, Go1.6 Feb 17, 2016
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