I compiled a rust hello world program and compared with a c hello world program.

$ cat hello-1.rs
fn main() {
    println!("Hello World!");
}
$ cat hello-1.c
#include <stdio.h>

int main() {
    printf("Hello World!");
}
$ 

The results:

$ ls -la hello-1 a.out-1
-rwxrwx--- 1 bjb bjb   16608 Jul 18 13:34 a.out-1
-rwxrwx--- 1 bjb bjb 6965408 Jul 18 13:34 hello-1
$ ldd a.out-1 hello-1
a.out-1:
        linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007ffd825c7000)
        libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007f2b11bc5000)
        /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f2b11dce000)
hello-1:
        linux-vdso.so.1 (0x00007ffcd7d7d000)
        libdl.so.2 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libdl.so.2 (0x00007f7531eed000)
        librt.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/librt.so.1 (0x00007f7531ee3000)
        libpthread.so.0 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x00007f7531ec2000)
        libgcc_s.so.1 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libgcc_s.so.1 (0x00007f7531ea8000)
        libc.so.6 => /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (0x00007f7531ce7000)
        /lib64/ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 (0x00007f7531f69000)
$ 

Hmm.

The second thing is that when I tried to build something, it complained that my rust compiler is too old. Ok — so look for the way to get a new rust. They want you to download a file sight unseen into a shell interpreter.

https://www.rust-lang.org/tools/install

curl --proto '=https' --tlsv1.2 -sSf https://sh.rustup.rs | sh

A bit scary. My first preference would be to package it in a distro packaging system. (That was how I installed the older rust.) Second would be a plain old tarball.

Well, maybe I’ll look at it further some other day. I will need to audit the 600+ lines of shell script … lucky me.

More upcoming adventures … instead of makefiles — they use “crates” and “cargo” instead of Makefiles and maybe shared libraries. But, I’m not that far ahead yet.

UPDATE: they do offer tarballs — phew. https://forge.rust-lang.org/infra/other-installation-methods.html