Features not working with virtual workspace

I have a virtual workspace consisting of many crates, and some of the crates have their own features. My top-level Cargo.toml file is:

members = [ "crate1", "crate2", "crate3"]

featA = [ "crate1/featA", "crate2/featA" ]
featB = [ "crate3/featB" ]

I'm trying to issue a command like cargo build --features "featA" in the top-level workspace directory and have it build both crate1 and crate2 with featA enabled.

However, when I run this, none of the features are ever enabled. This style of feature selection syntax was working beforehand when I was using a different project layout with a single "parent" crate, but the virtual workspace feature is way better for my use case, aside from this feature not working.

What is the proper way to have a top-level workspace Cargo.toml file with features that enable its subcrates' features?


There is a new opt-in flag in nightly cargo that might get this working:

cargo +nightly build -Z package-features --features featA

It was announced a few days ago on the internals forum: Help us test the breaking bug-fix to Cargo features - cargo - Rust Internals

Thanks so much! I updated to the latest nightly and it indeed solves my problem, but it seemingly doesn't let me specify features for multiple crates at once. I posted my problem on that thread in the internals forum, right after your post.

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