Re: [PATCH v1 3/7] rust: sync: add `Arc::{from_raw, into_raw}`

From: Andreas Hindborg
Date: Thu May 25 2023 - 03:50:18 EST

Alice Ryhl <aliceryhl@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> Andreas Hindborg <nmi@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Alice Ryhl <aliceryhl@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>> + // This preserves the metadata in the pointer, if any.
>>> + let metadata = core::ptr::metadata(ptr as *const ArcInner<T>);
>> I can't follow this. How does this work? `ptr` was for field
>> ` T`, but we are casting to `ArcInner<T>`.
>>> + let ptr = (ptr as *mut u8).wrapping_sub(val_offset) as *mut ();
>>> + let ptr = core::ptr::from_raw_parts_mut(ptr, metadata);
>> Metadata was obtained from a pointer pointing to ``, we then
>> move it back to beginning of `ArcInner<T>` and then reconstruct the
>> potentially fat pointer with metadata from the pointer to `T`? How can
>> this be right?
> The metadata of a struct is always the metadata of its last field, so
> both `*mut T` and `*mut ArcInner<T>` have the same metadata. Because of
> that, moving the metadata over from one type to the other is ok.
> The reason that I cast to an `ArcInner<T>` pointer before calling
> `metadata` is because I get a type mismatch otherwise for the metadata,
> since the compiler doesn't unify the metadata types when the type is
> generic.

OK, cool. In that case, since this is common knowledge (is it?),
could you maybe include a link to the relevant documentation, or a
comment indicating why this is OK?

BR Andreas