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  • I was wrong about rust
    4 projects | /r/rust | 20 May 2023
    If we drop std Rust ceases to be economical due to the time it would take to reimplement the data structures and IO interfaces it provides, not to mention the event loop crate we use (calloop). At that point we'd be relying on so much FFI via eg. nix that the relative safety would be diminished too. After reimplementing all that it's not clear to me that we'd even save that much size, but I suppose it's possible.
  • The guide to signal handling in Rust
    2 projects | | 12 Apr 2023
    Now that we have covered the fundamentals of signals, let's delve into the world of handling signals in Rust! Unlike C, where signal handling is built into the language modules, Rust provides several libraries that enable developers to handle signals with ease. Libraries such as signal_hook, nix, libc, and tokio handle signals that primarily use C bindings to make it possible to work with signals.
  • [Quick Poll] Are You Using Nix for Your Rust Open-Source Projects?
    3 projects | /r/rust | 27 Mar 2023
    Obviously you meant the nix crate
  • Looking for feedback: cargo-changelog
    3 projects | /r/rust | 1 Sep 2022
    You can take a look here for example:
  • Rust maintainer perfectionism, or, the tragedy of Alacritty
    12 projects | | 26 Nov 2021
    I actually have experience with this specific code. I recently fixed a bug in a function that his PR also touches:

    And I have a PR to fix problems in another Rust wrapper of the same libc functions:

    It's hard to get right. Skimming the PR, the feedback looks reasonable.

    12 projects | | 26 Nov 2021
    This post fails to speak to me on two fronts:

    * The `nix` crate is a cornerstone of the Rust development ecosystem: if you do anything that requires POSIX or various nix-specific APIs beyond those wrapped by the standard library, then `nix` most likely provides a high-level and safe* wrapper for them. Perfectionism is a virtue in this context, one that keeps large parts of the Rust ecosystem from accidentally consuming buggy code. The author unfortunately chose a particularly messy and bug-prone corner of the POSIX APIs to wrap, and ran into a correspondingly intensive review process. I've merged simpler wrappers[1][2] with no fuss.

    * Alacritty seems to work just fine. I switched to it about two months ago, after using nothing but (heavily customized) rxvt-unicode for a decade. Maybe it's because I don't use ligatures or images in my terminals (I thought we were talking about non-"toy" functionality!), but I haven't found myself wanting for anything beyond what Alacritty already does. And the scrollback seems to work nicely. To summarize: where's the tragedy?



  • What would you change about bitflags?
    3 projects | /r/rust | 25 Oct 2021
    One thing I'd like to see is a MSRV policy, as its causing problems for downstreams (
  • Choosing between Rust and C++ for a new project
    4 projects | /r/rust | 1 Apr 2021
    The nix crate has you covered. Check out some usages.
    4 projects | /r/rust | 1 Apr 2021
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nix-rust/nix is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of nix is Rust.

The modern API for authentication & user identity.
The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.