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cmd/dist: The OSX build breaks if /usr/sbin is not in the path #13425

williamh opened this issue Nov 29, 2015 · 7 comments

cmd/dist: The OSX build breaks if /usr/sbin is not in the path #13425

williamh opened this issue Nov 29, 2015 · 7 comments


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@williamh williamh commented Nov 29, 2015

On Darwin, it appears that the method of determining whether default GOHOSTARCH setting should be amd64 relies on sysctl. There are use cases where sysctl is not in the users' path. In situations like this, the OSx build of go will break.

For an example, see

The suggested patch for that bug is to hard code the path to /usr/sbin/sysctl in the command.

Before I do that, I'm wondering if you are interested in doing so upstream, or if there is a better way to do this autodetection on OSx?

Thanks much,


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@davecheney davecheney commented Nov 30, 2015

Is it common to not have /usr/sbin in the path ? Can you give some more background on how your discovered this issue.

@mikioh mikioh changed the title The OSX build breaks if /usr/sbin is not in the path cmd/dist: The OSX build breaks if /usr/sbin is not in the path Nov 30, 2015
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@minux minux commented Nov 30, 2015

It might be fine for Gentoo/Alt to carry that patch,
I don't think we should handcode the path to sysctl
in cmd/dist. For one, there is no guarantee that
future OS X won't move sysctl to /sbin or even

Actually, I think a better solution for Gentoo/Alt
is to just define GOHOSTARCH before running
make.bash. Portage knows very well what arch
the host is on, so auto-detection in cmd/dist is
(That is, I think we can make cmd/dist skip the
sysctl run if $GOHOSTARCH is defined.)

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@grobian grobian commented Nov 30, 2015

That would be awesome, that way we could also build a different arch than sysctl would report.

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@williamh williamh commented Dec 2, 2015

I agree with this suggestion; it would be good to skip the autodetection completely if $GOHOSTARCH is defined, and this would be a very simple fix to the ebuilds on Gentoo as well.
Does anyone have any updates on when this can be done?

Thanks much for your time. :-)

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@rsc rsc commented Dec 28, 2015

Why are we talking about Gentoo? I thought that was Linux. The only mention of sysctl in cmd/dist is when running on OS X.

At this point I think it would be fine to just stop calling sysctl and assume default GOHOSTARCH=amd64 on OS X.

@rsc rsc added this to the Go1.6Maybe milestone Dec 28, 2015
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@grobian grobian commented Dec 28, 2015

This is Gentoo Prefix, where we run a Gentoo Portage (the package manager of Gentoo) on OSX, Solaris, AIX and more to provide tools in some place like $HOME/gentoo (not to mess with the OS in /usr/bin or something).

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@gopherbot gopherbot commented Jan 6, 2016

CL mentions this issue.

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