bind, cmd: generate complete standalone bindings from gobind

The gobind and gomobile bind tools have historically overlapped:
gobind outputs generated bindings, and gomobile bind will generate
bindings before building them. However, the gobind bindings were
never used for building and thus allowed to not be complete.

To simplify version control, debugging, instrumentation and build
system flexibility, this CL upgrades the gobind tool to be the
canonical binding generator and change gomobile bind to use gobind
instead of its own generator code.

This greatly simplifies gomobile bind, but also paves the way to skip
gomobile bind entirely. For example:

$ gobind -outdir=$GOPATH
$ GOOS=android GOARCH=arm64 CC=<ndk-toolchain>/bin/clang go build -buildmode=c-shared -o gobind
$ ls libgobind.*

The same applies to iOS, although the go build command line is more

By skipping gomobile it is possible to freely customize the Android
or iOS SDK level or any other flags not supported by gomobile bind.
By checking in the generated source code, the cost of supporting
gomobile in a custom build system is also decreased.

Change-Id: I59c14a77d625ac1377c23b3213672e0d83a48c85
Reviewed-by: Hyang-Ah Hana Kim <>
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tree: 49545257c2d0abe60d3e2bd23ea2ed0731a7942b
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Go support for Mobile devices

The Go mobile repository holds packages and build tools for using Go on mobile platforms.

Package documentation as a starting point:

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The Go Mobile project is experimental. Use this at your own risk. While we are working hard to improve it, neither Google nor the Go team can provide end-user support.

This is early work and installing the build system requires Go 1.5. Follow the instructions on to install the gomobile command, build the basic and the bind example apps.

Contributions to Go are appreciated. See