cargo-dist exists to help you distribute your binaries, which involves generating a lot of different files which we call Artifacts. Archives are the baseline artifacts that contain your binaries, and installers are the fancy artifacts that make it easy to install or run the binaries.

  • Archives: tarballs/zips containing your binaries
  • Installers: things that help fetch/install archives
  • Checksums: hashes of other artifacts
  • Symbols: debuginfo/symbols/sourcemaps of your binaries