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no-std cow-utils

Copy-on-write string utilities for Rust

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Copy-on-write string utils for Rust

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Some str methods perform destructive transformations and so they allocate, copy into and return a new String even when no modification is necessary.

This crate provides a helper trait CowUtils with drop-in variants of such methods, which behave in the same way, but avoid extra copies and allocations when no modification is necessary.

For now it's only implemented for &str and returns std::borrow::Cow<str>, but in the future might be extended to other types where even more efficient handling is possible (e.g. in-place modifications on mutable strings).


The primary motivation for this crate was ability to perform zero-alloc replacements when no match is found, so showing results only for .replace vs .cow_replace for now.

The actual results will vary depending on the inputs, but here is a taster based on "a".repeat(40) as an input and various modes (nothing matched, everything matched and replaced, everything matched from the start and deleted):

params .replace (ns) .cow_replace (ns) difference (%)
("a", "") 408.59 290.27 -29
("b", "c") 98.78 54.00 -45
("a", "b") 985.99 1,000.70 +1


First, you need to import CowUtils into the scope:

use cow_utils::CowUtils;

Then you can start invoking following .cow_-prefixed methods on strings instead of the regular ones:

Check out the docs for detailed examples.

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