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Choose types at compile-time via boolean constants

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Choose Rust types at compile-time via boolean constants, brought to you by Nikolai Vazquez.

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Conditional Typing

The CondType type and condval! macro choose types at compile-time using bool constants, just like std::conditional_t in C++. Unlike the Either type, the type chosen by CondType/condval! is directly used, rather than wrapped with an enum type. This may be considered a form of dependent typing, but it is limited in ability and is restricted to compile-time constants rather than runtime values.


In the following example, CondType aliases either &str or i32, depending on the boolean generic constant:

use condtype::CondType;

let str: CondType<true,  &str, i32> = "hello";
let int: CondType<false, &str, i32> = 42;

// Unsized types are also supported:
let str: &CondType<true, str, [u8]> = "world";


condval! enables choosing differently-typed values without specifying types. In the following example, val is inferred to be either &str or i32, depending on COND.

use condtype::condval;

const COND: bool = true;

let val = condval!(if COND {
} else {

assert_eq!(val, "hello");

if let pattern matching is also supported:

use condtype::condval;

const STR: Option<&str> = Some("hello");

let val = condval!(if let Some(str) = STR {
} else {

assert_eq!(val, "HELLO");

Platform-Specific Types

This library can make code for some platforms more efficient by using smaller-sized types, depending on platform-specific constants.

In the following example, the RlimOption type can be either Option<rlim_t> or rlim_t itself, where rlim_t::MAX can be treated as a sentinel value for Option::None if it is not equal to RLIM_INFINITY.

use condtype::{condval, CondType};
use libc::{rlim_t, RLIM_INFINITY};

const RLIM_INFINITY_IS_MAX: bool = RLIM_INFINITY == rlim_t::MAX;

type RlimOption = CondType<RLIM_INFINITY_IS_MAX, Option<rlim_t>, rlim_t>;

const RLIM_NONE: RlimOption = condval!(if RLIM_INFINITY_IS_MAX {
} else {

// Convert from either `RlimOption` type to `Option` via the `Into` trait:
let rlim_none: Option<rlim_t> = RLIM_NONE.into();

Without this library, one could otherwise use cfg_if! to achieve the same goal. However, using #[cfg] requires maintaining a list of platforms and being more fine-grained if RLIM_INFINITY is dependent on CPU architecture.

use cfg_if::cfg_if;
use libc::rlim_t;

cfg_if! {
    // Platforms where `RLIM_INFINITY != rlim_t::MAX`:
    if #[cfg(any(
        target_os = "macos",
        target_os = "freebsd",
        target_os = "solaris",
        // ad nauseam...
    ))] {
        type RlimOption = rlim_t;
        const RLIM_NONE: RlimOption = rlim_t::MAX;
    } else {
        type RlimOption = Option<rlim_t>;
        const RLIM_NONE: RlimOption = None;


It is currently not possible to use CondType or condval! with a generic constant because Rust does not yet consider trait implementations based on booleans to be exhaustive. Once that issue is resolved, all versions of this library should just work with generic constants.

fn generic<const B: bool>() {
    let val: CondType<B, &str, i32> = condval!(if B {
    } else {


This library is available on crates.io and can be used by running the following cargo command in your project directory:

cargo add condtype

or by manually adding the following to your project's Cargo.toml:

condtype = "1.3.0"


Like the Rust project, this library may be used under either the MIT License or Apache License (Version 2.0).

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