[][src]Crate replace_with

Temporarily take ownership of a value at a mutable location, and replace it with a new value based on the old one.

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This crate provides the function replace_with(), which is like std::mem::replace() except it allows the replacement value to be mapped from the original value.

See RFC 1736 for a lot of discussion as to its merits. It was never merged, and the desired ability to temporarily move out of &mut T doesn't exist yet, so this crate is my interim solution.

It's very akin to take_mut, though uses Drop instead of std::panic::catch_unwind() to react to unwinding, which avoids the optimisation barrier of calling the extern "C" __rust_maybe_catch_panic(). As such it's up to ∞x faster. It's also aesthetically a little prettier (I think).

Example

Consider this motivating example:

This example deliberately fails to compile
enum States {
    A(String),
    B(String),
}

impl States {
    fn poll(&mut self) {
        // error[E0507]: cannot move out of borrowed content
        *self = match *self {
        //            ^^^^^ cannot move out of borrowed content
            States::A(a) => States::B(a),
            States::B(a) => States::A(a),
        };
    }
}

Depending on context this can be quite tricky to work around. With this crate, however:

enum States {
    A(String),
    B(String),
}

impl States {
    fn poll(&mut self) {
        replace_with_or_abort(self, |self_| match self_ {
            States::A(a) => States::B(a),
            States::B(a) => States::A(a),
        });
    }
}

Huzzah!

Functions

replace_with

Temporarily takes ownership of a value at a mutable location, and replace it with a new value based on the old one.

replace_with_or_abort

Temporarily takes ownership of a value at a mutable location, and replace it with a new value based on the old one. Aborts on panic.

replace_with_or_default

Temporarily takes ownership of a value at a mutable location, and replace it with a new value based on the old one. Replaces with Default::default() on panic.