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nightly cfg_rust_features

Set cfg options according to probing for Rust compiler, language, and library features

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Uses old Rust 2015

0.1.0 Mar 23, 2022

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A build-script helper to set cfg options according to probing which features of your choice are enabled in the Rust compiler, language, and library, without reference to versions of Rust.

The primary purpose is to detect when previously-unstable features become stabilized, based on feature presence and not on Rust version. This helps design conditionally-compiled code that can adjust whenever a feature becomes stable in whichever unknown future version of Rust.

The cfg options that are set are key-value forms like: rust_lib_feature = "iter_zip", rust_lang_feature = "never_type", etc.

The probing does not use #![feature(...)] and so the options that are set represent features that are stable, consistently with either nightly or stable compilers. It is still possible to conditionally enable unstable features, with the rust_comp_feature = "unstable_features" option that can be detected and set when a nightly (or dev) compiler is used.


  • You must be careful about designing code around unstable features that could change before they are stabilized.

  • Currently, this crate only supports a small subset of features (of both unstable and stable). You may request support for additional features, by opening an issue at: https://github.com/DerickEddington/cfg_rust_features/issues.


  • Your build script, usually build.rs, can be as simple as:

    fn main() {
        let of_interest = ["iter_zip", /* Or: "unstable_features", etc ... */];
  • To work with stable Rust versions, you implemented a workaround for the absence of an unstable feature that you wish you could use, and you do not know in which future version it will become stabilized (if ever), but you are confident that the API of this feature will not change before stabilizing. So, with the help of this crate, you design conditional compilation that, if the feature becomes stable, marks your workaround as deprecated and uses the feature instead.

    If your workaround was to have an into_ok method on Result<T, Infallible>, such detection could be done like:

    #[cfg_attr(rust_lib_feature = "unwrap_infallible", deprecated)]
    trait IntoOk { /* ... */ }
    #[cfg(not(rust_lib_feature = "unwrap_infallible"))]
    impl<T> IntoOk for Result<T, Infallible> { /* ... */ }
  • To have benchmarks (which require a nightly compiler) that do not interfere with using a stable compiler, without needing some extra package feature. This enables using Cargo options like --all-targets (which includes --benches) with a stable compiler without error, which can be especially helpful with IDE tools which use that. This is done, at the top of some benches/whatever.rs, like:

    #![cfg(rust_comp_feature = "unstable_features")]
    /* ... */

    and thus benches/ targets are effectively empty with a stable compiler but are non-empty with nightly, automatically without needing to remember to give --features.

Minimum Supported Rust Version

Rust 1.0.0 will always be supported, so this crate can be used by other crates which support that old version.


The source-code has doc comments, which are rendered as the API documentation.

View online at: http://docs.rs/cfg_rust_features

Or, you can generate them yourself and view locally by doing:

cargo doc --open