Trouble with rust-analyzer

Hi all,

I’m trying to get a rust environment set up using rust-tools. LspInfo shows that rust-analyzer is attached to my buffer but I’m running into two issues:

  1. When I exit neovim, rust-analyzer stays open (and uses quite a bit of CPU – usage climbs steadily until it hits 100% and then stays there). And when I open neovim, it spins up a new instance of rust-analyzer instead of connecting to the old one. So the result is that if I open / close neovim a few times I end up with a bunch of copies of the LSP eating all my resources.

  2. Some features don’t work but others do. Snippets, code actions, and linting seem to work, but I don’t get completion suggestions (e.g. my_string.s I would expect completion for string methods that start with s, but instead I only get snippet suggestions) and inline typehints from rust-tools don’t appear.

I’m pretty confident this is a neovim issue or an lsp-config issue. I’ve tried installing different versions of the rust toolchain, different projects, different installation methods for rust-analyzer, and using plain lsp-config without rust-tools. In all of those cases the problem still persists.

My configuration for LSP:

local capabilities = require("cmp_nvim_lsp").default_capabilities()
local lspconfig = require("lspconfig")

local servers = {
for _, lsp in ipairs(servers) do
	if lsp == "rust_analyzer" then
                    server = { capabilities = capabilities, standalone = true },
		    capabilities = capabilities,

nvim --version output:

NVIM v0.8.0
Build type: Release
LuaJIT 2.1.0-beta3
Compiled by _nixbld11

Features: +acl +iconv +tui

rust-analyzer --version output:

rust-analyzer 2022-10-31


macOS 13.0.1 (Ventura) on aarch64 (Apple Silicon)

Thanks in advance for your help!

I should also clarify: LSPs for other languages (e.g. python, typescript) seem to work fine. They provide completions as I would expect, and they close properly when I exit neovim. So it seems like this is specific to rust-analyzer.