Developing a parser can be a challenge, especially if you don’t understand the algorithm (see The Bison Parser Algorithm). This chapter explains how understand and debug a parser.
The first sections focus on the static part of the parser: its structure. They explain how to generate and read the detailed description of the automaton. There are several formats available:
The last section focuses on the dynamic part of the parser: how to enable and understand the parser run-time traces (see Tracing Your Parser).
|• Understanding:||Understanding the structure of your parser.|
|• Graphviz:||Getting a visual representation of the parser.|
|• Xml:||Getting a markup representation of the parser.|
|• Tracing:||Tracing the execution of your parser.|