Work around for 'error: does not live long enough' when programmer knows it does live long enough


This is for practice and learning about edge cases.

I’ve an object that I know lives long enough but I don’t want to use Arc to improve performance. How this will be done in Rust? Following is example code:

Thanks in advance

Because Rust cannot prove that the thing lives long enough, the difference of having or not having that final join is too subtle for Rust to reason about. If you want to use scoped threads, like you showed in your example. Then use rayon::scope instead. That allows you to use local variables in you threads, and guarantees that the threads will be joined right before the end of the scope. If you want to live on the edge, you can use spawn_unchecked (this requires unsafe and nightly).

Unsafe is ok but there is no stable alternative?

Crossbeam scoped thread?

Stable alternative, without using crates like crossbeam, is:

let ilivelongenough_ref: &'static ThreadSafeStruct =
        unsafe { std::mem::transmute(&ilivelongenough) };

Of course, try safe alternatives before jumping to this.

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Isn’t this a little safer?

let ilivelongenough_ref: &'static ThreadSafeStruct = 
    unsafe { &*(&ilivelongenough as *const _) };

There is, use rayon or crossbeam. I would use rayon because it is more suited to general use. Only use crossbeam if you have specific requirements.

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You probably mean unsafe { &*(&ilivelongenough as *const _) };. It’s a bit safer, cause you avoid transmute transmuting garbage that happens to have same size. But, for “trivial” cases like this, and if you’re reaching for unsafe, it’s a bit noisy for me. But yes, it’s a fair point and should be mentioned.

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