How to convert Option<&mut T> to &mut Option<T>

There is as_mut method in Option( to convert from &mut Option<T> to Option<&mut T> .

How to undo the as_mut?

By calling cloned() on the Option, or mem::swap of the inner value with another owned value.

In Rust you can easily lend a value you own, but you can't just take a borrowed value and pretend you own it (that's stealing!)

The borrowed/owned relationship is not symmetrical, and by necessity it's easy one way, and not always possible the other way.


The problem is, to have a &mut Option<T> someone else should own the Option<T> and hold it during the lifetime. But with Some(&mut T) how can the compiler know that the &mut T actually is came from the &mut Option<T>?

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