pub static LOSSY_PROVENANCE_CASTS: &'static Lint
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The lossy_provenance_casts lint detects an as cast between a pointer and an integer.



fn main() {
    let x: u8 = 37;
    let _addr: usize = &x as *const u8 as usize;



This lint is part of the strict provenance effort, see issue #95228. Casting a pointer to an integer is a lossy operation, because beyond just an address a pointer may be associated with a particular provenance. This information is used by the optimiser and for dynamic analysis/dynamic program verification (e.g. Miri or CHERI platforms).

Since this cast is lossy, it is considered good style to use the ptr::addr method instead, which has a similar effect, but doesn’t “expose” the pointer provenance. This improves optimisation potential. See the docs of ptr::addr and ptr::expose_addr for more information about exposing pointer provenance.

If your code can’t comply with strict provenance and needs to expose the provenance, then there is ptr::expose_addr as an escape hatch, which preserves the behaviour of as usize casts while being explicit about the semantics.