Golang package management comes built-in with standard distribution. There is no central package repository (like NPM, RubyGems) in Go. Instead code repository in itself is a package. Go uses specific meta tags or query paramters to figure out which VCS to use and where is the source code located.
All popular code hosting provides have configured the repository paths to work
out of the box with Go and so packages like
commonly used in projects. However the problem with such imports is that its
tightly coupled with hostring provider and changing that will break all the
dependencies (Not Exactly).
Go supports using custom vanity
import paths which can be
used to mitigate the issue. A custom domain name can be used like
argc.in/govan instead of code hosting's domain which gives the developers
flexibility to move around different hosting providers. This also simplifies the
imports for the consumers of packages.
Non vanity import paths are considered harmful. If you are a serious project, enforce a vanity import path. #golang— Jaana Dogan (@rakyll) August 2, 2017
Govan is a static HTML generator for vanity imports. It generates HTML files for the packages which implements the necesarry meta tags for Go distribution to process and also redirects the user (from browser) to package documentation.
Govan can be installed in the
GOPATH using the following command.
go get -u argc.in/govan
- Setup Releases with Pre-built binaries for various platforms
Govan requires initial domain setup which can be done easily using the
sub-command. This will create a configuration file
govan.yaml in the current
directory and create HTML for root redirect in the output directory. By default,
the output directory is
./site which can be overriden by
govan init argc.in OR govan init argc.in --output ./output
After the initial setup, packages can be added using
add sub-command. This
takes package path (without domain) and source url. This will update the
configuration file and generate new HTML file for the package under output
directory. For updating the source of an already existing package, same command
can be re-used.
govan add govan github.com/ankitrgadiya/govan
If you need to remove an existing package,
remove sub-command can be used.
This just requires package name. This is an no-op command and it won't complain
if there is no such package in the configuration.
govan remove govan
Finally, if you need to manually modify the configuration file for any reason or
if there is a requirement to run govan in non-interactive environment then
generate sub-command can be used to (re-)generate HTML files for all the
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