Rust in base

David Demelier markand at
Mon Jan 27 07:56:44 UTC 2020

Le 24/01/2020 à 21:02, Ihor Antonov a écrit :
> Hi folks,
> As I was reading this article [1] I started wondering what would it take to bring Rust into base?

That would be a very bad idea.

Rust is big beast, it does not support the same number of platforms as 
FreeBSD does and is utterly complex.

Not mentioning that cargo, the package manager for Rust is built upon 
the same philosophy as npm, aka having a separate module for 
minimalistic functions. That means even small applications like 
alacritty requires around ~50 dependencies which is totally insane. 
Also, building a Rust application without internet connection is quite 
hard (but still feasible).

Rust is far more complicated language to learn than C. C is so minimal 
and low level that you have already almost the view of what will the 
code look like in assembly when writing C, thus being the best fit for 
kernel and drivers.

Don't get me wrong, Rust is a good language but it has not its place 
into base which contains already too much non-mandatory things (unbound, 
sendmail to quote just those).


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