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This is a core library that models the borrow check. It implements the analysis described in this blogpost. Details are in the Polonius book.

Why the name "Polonius"?

The name comes from the famous quote "Neither borrower nor lender be", which comes from the character Polonius in Shakespeare's Hamlet.

Want to run the code?

One of the goals with this repo is to experiment and compare different implementations of the same algorithm. You can run the analysis by using cargo run and you can choose the analysis with -a. So for example to run against an example extract from clap, you might do:

> cargo +nightly run --release -- -a DatafrogOpt inputs/clap-rs/app-parser-{{impl}}-add_defaults/
    Finished release [optimized] target(s) in 0.05 secs
     Running `target/release/borrow-check 'inputs/clap-rs/app-parser-{{impl}}-add_defaults/'`
Directory: inputs/clap-rs/app-parser-{{impl}}-add_defaults/
Time: 3.856s

You could also try -a Naive to get the naive rules (more readable, slower) -- these are the exact rules described in the blogpost. You can also use -a LocationInsensitive to use a location insensitive analysis (faster, but may yield spurious errors).

By default, cargo run just prints timing. If you also want to see the results, try --show-tuples (which will show errors) and maybe -v (to show more intermediate computations). You can supply --help to get more docs.

How to generate your own inputs

To run the borrow checker on an input, you first need to generate the input facts. For that, you will need to run rustc with the -Znll-facts option:

> rustc -Znll-facts inputs/issue-47680/

Or, for generating the input facts of a crate using the #![feature(nll)] flag:

> cargo rustc -- -Znll-facts

This will generate a nll-facts directory with one subdirectory per function:

> ls -F nll-facts
{{impl}}-maybe_next/  main/

You can then run on these directories.