Trait std::marker::Copy

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pub trait Copy: Clone { }
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Types whose values can be duplicated simply by copying bits.

By default, variable bindings have ‘move semantics.’ In other words:

#[derive(Debug)]
struct Foo;

let x = Foo;

let y = x;

// `x` has moved into `y`, and so cannot be used

// println!("{x:?}"); // error: use of moved value
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However, if a type implements Copy, it instead has ‘copy semantics’:

// We can derive a `Copy` implementation. `Clone` is also required, as it's
// a supertrait of `Copy`.
#[derive(Debug, Copy, Clone)]
struct Foo;

let x = Foo;

let y = x;

// `y` is a copy of `x`

println!("{x:?}"); // A-OK!
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It’s important to note that in these two examples, the only difference is whether you are allowed to access x after the assignment. Under the hood, both a copy and a move can result in bits being copied in memory, although this is sometimes optimized away.

§How can I implement Copy?

There are two ways to implement Copy on your type. The simplest is to use derive:

#[derive(Copy, Clone)]
struct MyStruct;
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You can also implement Copy and Clone manually:

struct MyStruct;

impl Copy for MyStruct { }

impl Clone for MyStruct {
    fn clone(&self) -> MyStruct {
        *self
    }
}
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There is a small difference between the two: the derive strategy will also place a Copy bound on type parameters, which isn’t always desired.

§What’s the difference between Copy and Clone?

Copies happen implicitly, for example as part of an assignment y = x. The behavior of Copy is not overloadable; it is always a simple bit-wise copy.

Cloning is an explicit action, x.clone(). The implementation of Clone can provide any type-specific behavior necessary to duplicate values safely. For example, the implementation of Clone for String needs to copy the pointed-to string buffer in the heap. A simple bitwise copy of String values would merely copy the pointer, leading to a double free down the line. For this reason, String is Clone but not Copy.

Clone is a supertrait of Copy, so everything which is Copy must also implement Clone. If a type is Copy then its Clone implementation only needs to return *self (see the example above).

§When can my type be Copy?

A type can implement Copy if all of its components implement Copy. For example, this struct can be Copy:

#[derive(Copy, Clone)]
struct Point {
   x: i32,
   y: i32,
}
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A struct can be Copy, and i32 is Copy, therefore Point is eligible to be Copy. By contrast, consider

struct PointList {
    points: Vec<Point>,
}
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The struct PointList cannot implement Copy, because Vec<T> is not Copy. If we attempt to derive a Copy implementation, we’ll get an error:

the trait `Copy` cannot be implemented for this type; field `points` does not implement `Copy`

Shared references (&T) are also Copy, so a type can be Copy, even when it holds shared references of types T that are not Copy. Consider the following struct, which can implement Copy, because it only holds a shared reference to our non-Copy type PointList from above:

#[derive(Copy, Clone)]
struct PointListWrapper<'a> {
    point_list_ref: &'a PointList,
}
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§When can’t my type be Copy?

Some types can’t be copied safely. For example, copying &mut T would create an aliased mutable reference. Copying String would duplicate responsibility for managing the String’s buffer, leading to a double free.

Generalizing the latter case, any type implementing Drop can’t be Copy, because it’s managing some resource besides its own size_of::<T> bytes.

If you try to implement Copy on a struct or enum containing non-Copy data, you will get the error E0204.

§When should my type be Copy?

Generally speaking, if your type can implement Copy, it should. Keep in mind, though, that implementing Copy is part of the public API of your type. If the type might become non-Copy in the future, it could be prudent to omit the Copy implementation now, to avoid a breaking API change.

§Additional implementors

In addition to the implementors listed below, the following types also implement Copy:

  • Function item types (i.e., the distinct types defined for each function)
  • Function pointer types (e.g., fn() -> i32)
  • Closure types, if they capture no value from the environment or if all such captured values implement Copy themselves. Note that variables captured by shared reference always implement Copy (even if the referent doesn’t), while variables captured by mutable reference never implement Copy.

Object Safety§

This trait is not object safe.

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impl Copy for AsciiChar

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impl Copy for std::cmp::Ordering

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impl Copy for Infallible

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impl Copy for std::fmt::Alignment

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impl Copy for ErrorKind

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impl Copy for SeekFrom

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impl Copy for IpAddr

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impl Copy for Ipv6MulticastScope

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impl Copy for Shutdown

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impl Copy for SocketAddr

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impl Copy for FpCategory

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impl Copy for BacktraceStyle

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impl Copy for SearchStep

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impl Copy for std::sync::atomic::Ordering

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impl Copy for RecvTimeoutError

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impl Copy for TryRecvError

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impl Copy for DwarfFileType

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impl Copy for Format

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impl Copy for SectionId

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impl Copy for Vendor

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impl Copy for RunTimeEndian

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impl Copy for AbbreviationsCacheStrategy

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impl Copy for Pointer

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impl Copy for gimli::read::Error

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impl Copy for ColumnType

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impl Copy for Value

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impl Copy for ValueType

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impl Copy for Prefilter

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impl Copy for bool

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impl Copy for char

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impl Copy for f16

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impl Copy for f32

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impl Copy for f64

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impl Copy for f128

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impl Copy for i8

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impl Copy for i16

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impl Copy for i32

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impl Copy for i64

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impl Copy for i128

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impl Copy for isize

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impl Copy for !

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impl Copy for u8

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impl Copy for u16

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impl Copy for u32

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impl Copy for u64

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impl Copy for u128

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impl Copy for usize

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impl Copy for CpuidResult

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impl Copy for __m128

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impl Copy for __m128bh

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impl Copy for __m128d

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impl Copy for __m128i

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impl Copy for __m256

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impl Copy for __m256bh

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impl Copy for __m256d

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impl Copy for __m256i

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impl Copy for __m512

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impl Copy for __m512bh

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impl Copy for __m512d

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impl Copy for __m512i

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impl Copy for TimSortRun

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impl Copy for AllocError

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impl Copy for Global

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impl Copy for Layout

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impl Copy for System

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impl Copy for TypeId

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impl Copy for TryFromSliceError

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impl Copy for CharTryFromError

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impl Copy for TryFromCharError

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impl Copy for std::fmt::Error

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impl Copy for FileTimes

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impl Copy for FileType

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impl Copy for Empty

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impl Copy for Sink

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impl Copy for Assume

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impl Copy for Ipv4Addr

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impl Copy for Ipv6Addr

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impl Copy for SocketAddrV4

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impl Copy for SocketAddrV6

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impl Copy for TryFromIntError

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impl Copy for RangeFull

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impl Copy for UCred

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impl Copy for ExitCode

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impl Copy for ExitStatus

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impl Copy for ExitStatusError

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impl Copy for std::ptr::Alignment

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impl Copy for Utf8Error

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impl Copy for RecvError

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impl Copy for WaitTimeoutResult

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impl Copy for RawWakerVTable

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impl Copy for AccessError

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impl Copy for ThreadId

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impl Copy for Duration

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impl Copy for Instant

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impl Copy for SystemTime

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impl Copy for AArch64

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impl Copy for Arm

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impl Copy for LoongArch

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impl Copy for RiscV

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impl Copy for X86

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impl Copy for X86_64

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impl Copy for DebugTypeSignature

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impl Copy for DwoId

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impl Copy for Encoding

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impl Copy for LineEncoding

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impl Copy for Register

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impl Copy for DwAccess

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impl Copy for DwAddr

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impl Copy for DwAt

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impl Copy for DwAte

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impl Copy for DwCc

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impl Copy for DwCfa

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impl Copy for DwChildren

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impl Copy for DwDefaulted

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impl Copy for DwDs

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impl Copy for DwDsc

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impl Copy for DwEhPe

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impl Copy for DwEnd

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impl Copy for DwForm

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impl Copy for DwId

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impl Copy for DwIdx

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impl Copy for DwInl

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impl Copy for DwLang

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impl Copy for DwLle

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impl Copy for DwLnct

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impl Copy for DwLne

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impl Copy for DwLns

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impl Copy for DwMacro

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impl Copy for DwOp

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impl Copy for DwOrd

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impl Copy for DwRle

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impl Copy for DwSect

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impl Copy for DwSectV2

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impl Copy for DwTag

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impl Copy for DwUt

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impl Copy for DwVirtuality

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impl Copy for DwVis

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impl Copy for BigEndian

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impl Copy for LittleEndian

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impl Copy for AttributeSpecification

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impl Copy for Augmentation

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impl Copy for UnitIndexSection

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impl Copy for FileEntryFormat

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impl Copy for LineRow

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impl Copy for ReaderOffsetId

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impl Copy for Range

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impl Copy for StoreOnHeap

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impl Copy for Adler32

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impl Copy for PhantomPinned

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impl<'a> Copy for Component<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for Prefix<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for Arguments<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for IoSlice<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for std::panic::Location<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for Ancestors<'a>

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impl<'a> Copy for PrefixComponent<'a>

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impl<'a, T, const N: usize> Copy for ArrayWindows<'a, T, N>
where T: Copy + 'a,

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impl<'abbrev, 'entry, 'unit, R> Copy for AttrsIter<'abbrev, 'entry, 'unit, R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<'fd> Copy for BorrowedFd<'fd>

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impl<'handle> Copy for BorrowedHandle<'handle>

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impl<'input, Endian> Copy for EndianSlice<'input, Endian>
where Endian: Copy + Endianity,

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impl<'socket> Copy for BorrowedSocket<'socket>

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impl<B, C> Copy for ControlFlow<B, C>
where B: Copy, C: Copy,

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impl<Dyn> Copy for DynMetadata<Dyn>
where Dyn: ?Sized,

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impl<F> Copy for RepeatWith<F>
where F: Copy,

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impl<Idx> Copy for RangeTo<Idx>
where Idx: Copy,

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impl<Idx> Copy for RangeToInclusive<Idx>
where Idx: Copy,

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impl<Offset> Copy for UnitType<Offset>
where Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<Ptr> Copy for Pin<Ptr>
where Ptr: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugAbbrev<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugAddr<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugAranges<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugFrame<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for EhFrame<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for EhFrameHdr<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugCuIndex<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugTuIndex<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugLine<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugLoc<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugLocLists<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for LocationListEntry<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for LocationLists<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for Expression<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for OperationIter<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugRanges<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugRngLists<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for RangeLists<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugLineStr<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugStr<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugStrOffsets<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for Attribute<R>
where R: Copy + Reader,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugInfo<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R> Copy for DebugTypes<R>
where R: Copy,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for LineInstruction<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for gimli::read::op::Location<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for Operation<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for AttributeValue<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for FileEntry<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for Piece<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<R, Offset> Copy for UnitHeader<R, Offset>
where R: Copy + Reader<Offset = Offset>, Offset: Copy + ReaderOffset,

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impl<T> Copy for Bound<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for Option<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for Poll<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for UnitSectionOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DieReference<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for *const T
where T: ?Sized,

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impl<T> Copy for *mut T
where T: ?Sized,

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impl<T> Copy for &T
where T: ?Sized,

Shared references can be copied, but mutable references cannot!

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impl<T> Copy for Reverse<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for Discriminant<T>

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impl<T> Copy for ManuallyDrop<T>
where T: Copy + ?Sized,

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impl<T> Copy for NonZero<T>

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impl<T> Copy for Saturating<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for Wrapping<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for NonNull<T>
where T: ?Sized,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugAbbrevOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugAddrBase<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugAddrIndex<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugArangesOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugFrameOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugInfoOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugLineOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugLineStrOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugLocListsBase<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugLocListsIndex<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugMacinfoOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugMacroOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugRngListsBase<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugRngListsIndex<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugStrOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugStrOffsetsBase<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugStrOffsetsIndex<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for DebugTypesOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for EhFrameOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for LocationListsOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for RangeListsOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for RawRangeListsOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for UnitOffset<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T> Copy for PhantomData<T>
where T: ?Sized,

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impl<T> Copy for MaybeUninit<T>
where T: Copy,

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impl<T, E> Copy for Result<T, E>
where T: Copy, E: Copy,

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impl<T, const N: usize> Copy for [T; N]
where T: Copy,

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impl<T, const N: usize> Copy for Mask<T, N>

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impl<T, const N: usize> Copy for Simd<T, N>

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impl<T: Copy> Copy for TrySendError<T>

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impl<T: Copy> Copy for SendError<T>

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impl<Y, R> Copy for CoroutineState<Y, R>
where Y: Copy, R: Copy,