relative-path 0.4.0

Portable, relative paths for Rust.


Portable, relative paths for Rust.

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Relative Paths

This library provides two structures: RelativePath and RelativePathBuf. These are analogous to the Path and PathBuf structures provided through standard Rust.

While Path provides an API that adapts to a given platform, RelativePath does not, making the representations it provide platform-neutral.

The representation of Rust's Path is not portable since it permits different things across platforms.

Windows permit using drive volumes (e.g. "c:\") and backslash (\) as a separator. Using this to store relative paths would make it possible for software developers working to target Windows to build projects which work on their platform, but not others.

RelativePath only uses / as a separator. Anything else will be considered part of distinct components.

Conversion to Path can only happen if it is known which path it is relative to, through the to_path function. This is where the 'relative' part of the name comes from.

let relative_path = RelativePath::new("foo/bar");
let path = Path::new("C:\\");
let full_path = relative_path.to_path(path);

This would for example, permit relative paths to portably be used in project manifests or configurations, where files are references from some specific, well-known point in the filesystem.

The following is a simple example configuration for a made up project:

lib = "src/"
bin = "src/bin/"

The corresponding Rust struct could look like this:

pub struct Manifest {
    lib: RelativePathBuf,
    bin: RelativePathBuf,

Portability Note

RelativePath, similarly to Path, makes no guarantees that the components represented in them makes up legal file names.

NUL is not permitted on unix platforms - this is a terminator in C-based filesystem APIs. Slash (/) is also used as a path separator.

Windows has a number of reserved characters.


  • Verify that relative paths are - indeed - portable.
  • Better function documentation with examples.
  • Support more Path-like functions.