Introduction to Bison
Bison is a general-purpose parser generator that converts an
annotated context-free grammar into a deterministic LR or
generalized LR (GLR) parser employing
LALR(1) parser tables. As an
experimental feature, Bison can also
generate IELR(1) or
canonical LR(1) parser tables. Once you are proficient with Bison,
you can use it to develop a wide range of language parsers, from
those used in simple desk calculators to complex programming
Bison is upward compatible with Yacc: all properly-written Yacc
grammars ought to work with Bison with no change. Anyone familiar
with Yacc should be able to use Bison with little trouble. You need
to be fluent in C or C++ programming in order to use Bison. Java is
also supported as an experimental feature.
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is available online, as
is documentation for most GNU software. You may
also find more information about
or by looking at
or similar directories on your system. A brief summary is available by
running bison --help.
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