Using Go lang on ubuntu 17.04

I have been doing programming challenges using python and ruby on kattis and feel its time I tried solving them using a new language. How about go lang. I installed it via gvm I suppose it is to Go lang what rbenv is to ruby.

zsh < <(curl -s -S -L

run gvm version to confirm it installed correctly, I happen to use zsh instead of bash. The script inserts some new lines at the end of ~/.zshrc.

[[ -s "/home/cliff/.gvm/scripts/gvm" ]] && source "/home/cliff/.gvm/scripts/gvm"

Also needed an to install bison

sudo apt-get install bison

Just like installing ruby using rbenv, the install is a pain in terms of time. It installed go 1.4 pretty quickly but 1.5 calls for a bit of patience. I tried installing go1.5 through gvm and it didn’t work so I went for the latest major version when I was writing this.

gvm install go1.4 -B
gvm use go1.4
gvm install go1.8	
If all went well. go installed

set it as default gvm use go1.8 --default

Test it out
cat > hello.go

paste this code in:

package main

import "fmt"

func main() {
    fmt.Printf("hello, world\n")

then execute it go run hello.go


End of story