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nightly no-std pinned-init

Library to facilitate safe pinned initialization

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Uses new Rust 2021

0.0.3 Oct 16, 2022
0.0.2 Oct 1, 2022
0.0.1 Sep 30, 2022
0.0.0 Apr 18, 2022

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Library to safely and fallibly initialize pinned structs using in-place constructors.

It also allows in-place initialization of big structs that would otherwise produce a stack overflow.

Pinning is Rust's way of ensuring data does not move.


To initialize a struct with an in-place constructor you will need two things:

  • an in-place constructor,
  • a memory location that can hold your struct (this can be the stack, an Arc<T>, Box<T> or any other smart pointer [^1]).

To get an in-place constructor there are generally two options:

  • directly creating an in-place constructor,
  • a function/macro returning an in-place constructor.


Directly creating an in-place constructor

If you want to use PinInit, then you will have to annotate your struct with #[pin_project]. It is a macro that uses #[pin] as a marker for structurally pinned fields.

struct Foo {
    a: Mutex<usize>,
    b: u32,

let foo = pin_init!(Foo {
    a: Mutex::new(42),
    b: 24,

foo now is of the type impl PinInit<Foo>. We can now use any smart pointer that we like (or just the stack) to actually initialize a Foo:

let foo: Result<Pin<Box<Foo>>, _> = Box::pin_init::<core::convert::Infallible>(foo);

Using a function/macro that returns an initializer

Many types using this library supply a function/macro that returns an initializer, because the above method only works for types where you can access the fields.

let mtx: Result<Pin<Arc<Mutex<usize>>>, _> = Arc::pin_init(Mutex::new(42));

To declare an init macro/function you just return an impl PinInit<T, E>:

struct DriverData {
    status: Mutex<i32>,
    buffer: Box<[u8; 1_000_000]>,

impl DriverData {
    fn new() -> impl PinInit<Self, AllocOrInitError<Infallible>> {
        pin_init!(Self {
            status: Mutex::new(0),
            buffer: Box::init(pinned_init::zeroed())?,

[^1]: That is not entirely true, only smart pointers that implement InPlaceInit.