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This Month in Rust OSDev: June 2022

Welcome to a new issue of "This Month in Rust OSDev". In these posts, we give a regular overview of notable changes in the Rust operating system development ecosystem.

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Project Updates

In this section, we give an overview of notable changes to the projects hosted under the rust-osdev organization.


Maintained by @phil-opp and @jamesmunns

The linked-list-allocator crate provides a basic no_std allocator that builds a linked list from freed memory blocks and thus needs no additional data structures.

This month, @jamesmunns redesigned the internal API for traversing the linked list in order to pass the strict tests of miri, which is an experimental interpreter for Rust's intermediate representation (MIR). Among other things, miri checks that pointers are correctly aligned and that no invalid aliasing occurs (based on different formal models). By checking our implementation against miri, we make it more robust and reduce the chance that undefined behavior occurs with future compiler versions.

The change was implemented across the following pull requests:

Thanks to @jamesmunns for the redesign and @haraldh for reporting a critical issue in the v0.10.0 release and providing a fix! Also, we would like to welcome @jamesmunns as a maintainer of this crate!


Maintained by @IsaacWoods, @phip1611, @robert-w-gries, @ahmedcharles, and @Caduser2020

The multiboot2 crate provides abstraction types for the multiboot information structure (MBI) of multiboot2 bootloaders. The latest release of the multiboot2-crate is now v.0.14.0 (was v0.13.2). It contains some small breaking changes because so far, we used some unsafe code and relied on having not to verify UTF-8 strings. For a full changelog, please refer to the GitHub repo.


Maintained by @GabrielMajeri and @nicholasbishop

The uefi crate provides safe and performant wrappers for UEFI, the successor to the BIOS.

We merged the following changes in June:



Internal changes


Maintained by @phil-opp, @rybot666, and @64

The bootloader crate implements a custom Rust-based bootloader for easy loading of 64-bit ELF executables. This month, we made more progress on the upcoming v0.11 version:


Maintained by @phil-opp, @josephlr, @Freax13, and @rybot666

The x86_64 crate provides various abstractions for x86_64 systems, including wrappers for CPU instructions, access to processor-specific registers, and abstraction types for architecture-specific structures such as page tables and descriptor tables.

In June, we merged the following pull request:

Thanks to @mkroening for this contribution!


Maintained by @phil-opp

The cargo-xbuild project provides cargo command wrappers to cross-compile the sysroot crates core and alloc. It is mostly useful in situations, where cargo's unstable -Zbuild-std flag is not usable.

This month, we fixed a build error of the alloc crate on the latest nightlies:

Call for Participation

Want to contribute to a Rust OSDev project, but don't know where to start? Pick up one of these outstanding issues in one of our projects and get started!

  • (rust-osdev/volatile) New design based on pointer types

    We are currently discussing a new design for the volatile crate based on raw pointer types in order to avoid potential undefined behavior. The linked pull requests proposes an implementation where the volatile wrapper type is Copy and its methods take self by value. We haven't reached a decision yet, so if anyone has more input on this, please join the discussion. For more context, see also PR #22.

If you maintain a Rust project related to operating system development and are looking for contributors, especially for tasks suited to people getting started in this space, please create a PR against the next branch with the tasks you want to include in the next issue.

Other Projects

In this section, we describe updates to Rust OS projects that are not directly related to the rust-osdev organization. Feel free to create a pull request with the updates of your OS project for the next post.


(Section written by @nicholasbishop)

gpt-disk-rs is a collection of three libraries related to GPT (GUID Partition Table) disk data. The crates are no-std by default, have minimal dependencies, and include a lot of documentation. I'm hoping they'll be a suitable base for any project that wants to read or write GPT data.

  • uguid: GUID data type.
  • gpt_disk_types: all the GPT types defined by the UEFI specification
  • gpt_disk_io: types for reading and writing GPT data to an abstract block IO device.


(Section written by @vinc)

MOROS is a text-based hobby operating system targeting computers with a x86-64 architecture and a BIOS. It is inspired by Unix and ITS but is closer to a modern DOS at the moment in term of features.

In the last month I finally managed to run rust programs (without alloc) inside the OS after being limited to nasm programs for a long time. This triggered a lot of refactoring and improvements in the shell and the lisp language used for scripting.

Next step will be publishing a 0.8.0 release and working on userspace allocation.


(Section written by @phil-opp)

This month, we merged the following improvements:

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