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Dave Mitchell
February 15, 2004 14:30
Re: switch from byacc to bison
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On Sat, Feb 14, 2004 at 05:22:46PM +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 14, 2004 at 01:46:06PM +0000, Dave Mitchell wrote:
> > Anyway, I was envisaging that the patch might go into 5.8.x, but it's
> > definitely too scary for anything earlier. All the old byacc parser
> Depends how scarey it looks. How close is its output to the current *.c files,
> given the same input?

Well, its like not close at all really. The boilerplate code is totally
different, and the tables generally have different names and totally
different content. Also, error recovery seems to be better.

> > Nothing ventured, nothing lost.
> Oooh. A mission statement for maint. :-)

Hmm, perhaps that means I've got the mental aptitude to be a maint pumpkin?
On the other hand, considering what a scary thing I've just done to
perly.*, I think I'm automatically disqualified :-)

PS. having spent all of Valentine's day sorting out parser issues, I
suspect that perhaps I need to get a life ;-)


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