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Updates from Rust Community


Project/Tooling Updates


Rust Walkthroughs


Crate of the Week

This week's crate is Sniffnet, a cross-platform GUI application to analyze your network traffic.

Thanks to Gyuly Vgc for the suggestion!

Please submit your suggestions and votes for next week!

Call for Participation

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No calls for participation this week. Keep an eye out for more places to contribute next week!

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Updates from the Rust Project

291 pull requests were merged in the last week

Rust Compiler Performance Triage

Fairly busy week with some massive performance improvements at the expense of some significant albeit smaller regressions. The main wins came in a long-standing PR from @cjgillot to enable encoding spans in metadata relative to their enclosing item. This causes more work in full compilation which causes some regressions up to 5% but can lead to very large wins in incremental compilation scenarios (up to ~70%). For example, the clap crate compiles 68% faster after a small 1 line change than it did previously.

Triage done by @rylev. Revision range: b38a6d..b43596


(instructions:u) mean range count
Regressions ❌
1.6% [0.3%, 4.6%] 97
Regressions ❌
1.8% [0.2%, 7.6%] 60
Improvements ✅
-9.7% [-68.7%, -0.2%] 53
Improvements ✅
-1.7% [-15.3%, -0.1%] 62
All ❌✅ (primary) -2.4% [-68.7%, 4.6%] 150

1 Regressions, 1 Improvements, 4 Mixed; 1 of them in rollups 47 artifact comparisons made in total

Full report here

Approved RFCs

Changes to Rust follow the Rust RFC (request for comments) process. These are the RFCs that were approved for implementation this week:

  • No RFCs were approved this week.

Final Comment Period

Every week, the team announces the 'final comment period' for RFCs and key PRs which are reaching a decision. Express your opinions now.


  • No RFCs entered Final Comment Period this week.

Tracking Issues & PRs

New and Updated RFCs

  • No New or Updated RFCs were created this week.

Call for Testing

An important step for RFC implementation is for people to experiment with the implementation and give feedback, especially before stabilization. The following RFCs would benefit from user testing before moving forward:

  • No RFCs issued a call for testing this week.

If you are a feature implementer and would like your RFC to appear on the above list, add the new call-for-testing label to your RFC along with a comment providing testing instructions and/or guidance on which aspect(s) of the feature need testing.

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Quote of the Week

You haven’t “fooled” rustc, you are using unsafe code. Unsafe code means that all you can do is fool yourself.

Frank Steffahn on rust-users

Thanks to Quine Dot for the suggestion!

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This Week in Rust is edited by: nellshamrell, llogiq, cdmistman, ericseppanen, extrawurst, andrewpollack, U007D, kolharsam, joelmarcey, mariannegoldin, bennyvasquez.

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