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cargo-docset - Generate a Zeal/Dash docset for your Rust crate or workspace

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cargo-docset is a tool allowing you to generate a Dash/Zeal compatible docset for your Rust packages and their dependencies.


cargo-docset depends on the SQLite3 library. You can either install the SQLite3 library on your system (see rusqlite's documentation for help), or build the version that is bundled in the libsqlite3-sys crate by turning on the bundled-sqlite feature flag when building cargo-docset.

You can install cargo docset with the usual cargo command: cargo install cargo-docset.

How to use

Just run cargo docset in your crate's directory to generate the docset. It will be placed in the target/docset directory. cargo-docset generally supports the same options as cargo doc, with a few additional ones. For more information, run cargo docset --help or look below in this README.

To install your shiny new docset, copy it to your Zeal/Dash docset directory (available in the preferences, on Zeal at least) and restart Zeal/Dash.


Some more advanced examples:

  • Include documentation only for some of the documented package's dependencies: cargo docset --no-deps --package dependency1 --package dependency2 ...
  • Generate a docset for nightly Rust from the properly initialized (e.g. git clone --recurse-submodules ...) official Rust repository: cargo +nightly docset --package std --package core --no-deps --docset-name "Rust nightly $(git rev-parse --short HEAD)" --docset-index std --platform-family rust-nightly

cargo docset --help

Generate a docset. This is currently the only available command, and should remain the default one
in the future if new ones are added

    cargo-docset docset [OPTIONS]

            Activate all available features

        --bin <BIN>
            Document only the specified binary

            Document all binaries

        --docset-index <PACKAGE>
            Specify or override the package whose index will be used as the docset index page

        --docset-name <DOCSET_NAME>
            Specify or override the name of the docset, this is the display name used by your docset

            Generate documentation for private items

        --exclude <SPEC>
            Exclude packages from being processed

    -F, --features <FEATURES>
            Space-separated list of features to activate

    -h, --help
            Print help information

            Document only this package's library

        --manifest-path <PATH>
            Path to Cargo.toml

            Do not clean the doc directory before generating the rustdoc

            Do not activate the `default` feature

            Do not document dependencies

    -p, --package <SPEC>
            Package to process (see `cargo help pkgid`)

        --platform-family <PLATFORM_FAMILY>
            Specify or override the docset platform family, this is used as the keyword you can
            specify in your docset browser search bar to search this specific docset)

        --target <TARGET>
            Build documentation for the specified target triple

        --target-dir <TARGET_DIR>
            Override the workspace target directory

            Process all packages in the workspace

How it works

Currently, cargo docset runs cargo to generate the documentation, and then recursively walks the generated directory. The contents of every file is inferred from the file path, and cargo-docset then fills a SQLite database with the gathered information. The details of docset generation are available here.

cargo-docset does not (yet, at least) try to parse the generated documentation in any way, and therefore is limited in the granularity of the index it can provide. In particular, the generated docset does not make use of the table of contents feature.

Also, because cargo-docset walks through the whole doc directory, it must clear it before attempting to generate the docset, in case there is some previously generated documentation that we don't want to pickup in the docset there. You should probably not be storing anything of value in that directory anyway, but keep it in mind.


See here.


Cargo subcommand to generate a Dash/Zeal docset for your Rust packages.








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