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1.0.0 Jun 22, 2023

#613 in Memory management

Used in cxc


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Passable 🛳

Pass a pointer around. Kinda like Rc, but there can only be one accessor at a time, making mutation possible. When a Pass holding the reference is dropped, it gives the reference back to its predecessor.

use passable::Pass;

let mut one = Pass::new("hello");

    let mut two = one.pass().unwrap();

    // now two has the reference, and not one.
    assert_eq!(two.deref(), Some(&"hello"));
    assert_eq!(one.deref(), None);

    *two.deref_mut().unwrap() = "goodbye";

// two is dropped here, giving the reference back to one.

assert_eq!(one.deref(), Some(&"goodbye"));

You can also drop a reference in the middle of the chain.

use passable::Pass;

let mut one = Pass::new(true);

let mut two = one.pass().unwrap();
*two.deref_mut().unwrap() = false;

let mut three = two.pass().unwrap();


assert_eq!(three.deref(), Some(&false));

*three.deref_mut().unwrap() = true;

assert_eq!(one.deref(), Some(&true));


  • Pass implements Default, but it does not implement any of the other std library traits that rely on having a reference to the internal value, like Clone, Debug, and Display. If you have a suggestion for how these should be implemented when the Pass does not have a reference to the internal value, please submit an issue!
  • Pass is implemented as a linked list, with each node holding an Option<NonNull<T>> to the internal value. Each Pass object on the stack has a size of 8 bytes, and each node in the list has a size of 24 bytes.

No runtime deps