1.21.0[][src]Function std::mem::needs_drop

pub fn needs_drop<T>() -> bool

Returns true if dropping values of type T matters.

This is purely an optimization hint, and may be implemented conservatively: it may return true for types that don't actually need to be dropped. As such always returning true would be a valid implementation of this function. However if this function actually returns false, then you can be certain dropping T has no side effect.

Low level implementations of things like collections, which need to manually drop their data, should use this function to avoid unnecessarily trying to drop all their contents when they are destroyed. This might not make a difference in release builds (where a loop that has no side-effects is easily detected and eliminated), but is often a big win for debug builds.

Note that ptr::drop_in_place already performs this check, so if your workload can be reduced to some small number of drop_in_place calls, using this is unnecessary. In particular note that you can drop_in_place a slice, and that will do a single needs_drop check for all the values.

Types like Vec therefore just drop_in_place(&mut self[..]) without using needs_drop explicitly. Types like HashMap, on the other hand, have to drop values one at a time and should use this API.


Here's an example of how a collection might make use of needs_drop:

use std::{mem, ptr};

pub struct MyCollection<T> {
    /* ... */

impl<T> Drop for MyCollection<T> {
    fn drop(&mut self) {
        unsafe {
            // drop the data
            if mem::needs_drop::<T>() {
                for x in self.iter_mut() {