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    This document explains how to construct a compiler using lex and yacc. Lex and yacc are tools used to generate lexical analyzers and parsers. I assume you can program in C, and understand data structures such as linked-lists and trees. The introduction describes the basic building blocks of a compiler and explains the interaction between lex and yacc. The next two sections describe lex and yacc in more detail. With this background, we construct a sophisticated calculator. Conventional arithmetic operations and control statements, such as if-else and while, are implemented.

    With minor changes, we convert the calculator into a compiler for a stack-based machine. The remaining sections discuss issues that commonly arise in compiler writing. Source code for examples may be downloaded from the web site listed below. Permission to reproduce portions of this document is given provided the web site listed below is referenced, and no additional restrictions apply. Source code, when part of a software project, may be used freely without reference to the author. THOMAS NIEMANN Portland, Oregon [email protected] com http://members. xoom. com/thomasn 2 CONTENTS 1.

    INTRODUCTION 2. LEX 2. 1 2. 2 Theory Practice 4 6 6 7 12 12 14 17 20 20 23 24 25 29 30 32 32 33 33 35 35 35 36 37 37 38 39 3. YACC 3. 1 3. 2 3. 3 Theory Practice, Part I Practice, Part II 4. CALCULATOR 4. 1 4. 2 4. 3 4. 4 4. 5 4. 6 Description Include File Lex Input Yacc Input Interpreter Compiler 5. MORE LEX 5. 1 5. 2 5. 3 Strings Reserved Words Debugging Lex 6. MORE YACC 6. 1 6. 2 6. 3 6. 4 6. 5 6. 6 Recursion If-Else Ambiguity Error Messages Inherited Attributes Embedded Actions Debugging Yacc 7. BIBLIOGRAPHY 3 1. Introduction Until 1975, writing a compiler was a very time-consuming process.

    Then Lesk [1975] and Johnson [1975] published papers on lex and yacc. These utilities greatly simplify compiler writing. Implementation details for lex and yacc may be found in Aho [1986]. Lex and yacc are available from • • • • • Mortice Kern Systems (MKS), at http://www. mks. com, GNU flex and bison, at http://www. gnu. org, Ming, at http://agnes. dida. physik. uni-essen. de/~janjaap/mingw32, Cygnus, at http://www. cygnus. com/misc/gnu-win32, and me, at http://members. xoom. com/thomasn/y_gnu. zip (executables), and http://members. xoom. com/thomasn/y_gnus. zip (source for y_gnu. ip). The version from MKS is a high-quality commercial product that retails for about $300US. GNU software is free. Output from flex may be used in a commercial product, and, as of version 1. 24, the same is true for bison. Ming and Cygnus are 32-bit Windows95/NT ports of the GNU software. My version is based on Ming’s, but is compiled with Visual C++ and includes a minor bug fix in the file handling routine. If you download my version, be sure to retain directory structure when you unzip. source code a = b + c * d Lexical Analyzer tokens id1 = id2 + id3 * id4 Syntax Analyzer yntax tree id1 = + id2 id3 Code Generator * id4 generated code load mul add store id3 id4 id2 id1 Figure 1-1: Compilation Sequence 4 Lex generates C code for a lexical analyzer, or scanner. It uses patterns that match strings in the input and converts the strings to tokens. Tokens are numerical representations of strings, and simplify processing. This is illustrated in Figure 1-1. As lex finds identifiers in the input stream, it enters them in a symbol table. The symbol table may also contain other information such as data type (integer or real) and location of the variable in memory.

    All subsequent references to identifiers refer to the appropriate symbol table index. Yacc generates C code for a syntax analyzer, or parser. Yacc uses grammar rules that allow it to analyze tokens from lex and create a syntax tree. A syntax tree imposes a hierarchical structure on tokens. For example, operator precedence and associativity are apparent in the syntax tree. The next step, code generation, does a depth-first walk of the syntax tree to generate code. Some compilers produce machine code, while others, as shown above, output assembly. (yyparse) y. tab. c source bas. y yacc y. tab. h cc bas. exe as. l lex lex. yy. c (yylex) compiled output Figure 1-2: Building a Compiler with Lex/Yacc Figure 1-2 illustrates the file naming conventions used by lex and yacc. We’ll assume our goal is to write a BASIC compiler. First, we need to specify all pattern matching rules for lex (bas. l) and grammar rules for yacc (bas. y). Commands to create our compiler, bas. exe, are listed below: yacc –d bas. y lex bas. l cc lex. yy. c y. tab. c –obas. exe # create y. tab. h, y. tab. c # create lex. yy. c # compile/link Yacc reads the grammar descriptions in bas. y and generates a parser, function yyparse, in file y. ab. c. Included in file bas. y are token declarations. These are converted to constant definitions by yacc and placed in file y. tab. h. Lex reads the pattern descriptions in bas. l, includes file y. tab. h, and generates a lexical analyzer, function yylex, in file lex. yy. c. Finally, the lexer and parser are compiled and linked together to form the executable, bas. exe. From main, we call yyparse to run the compiler. Function yyparse automatically calls yylex to obtain each token. 5 2. Lex 2. 1 Theory The first phase in a compiler reads the input source and converts strings in the source to tokens.

    Using regular expressions, we can specify patterns to lex that allow it to scan and match strings in the input. Each pattern in lex has an associated action. Typically an action returns a token, representing the matched string, for subsequent use by the parser. To begin with, however, we will simply print the matched string rather than return a token value. We may scan for identifiers using the regular expression letter(letter|digit)* This pattern matches a string of characters that begins with a single letter, and is followed by zero or more letters or digits.

    This example nicely illustrates operations allowed in regular expressions: • • • repetition, expressed by the “*” operator alternation, expressed by the “|” operator concatenation Any regular expression expressions may be expressed as a finite state automaton (FSA). We can represent an FSA using states, and transitions between states. There is one start state, and one or more final or accepting states. letter or digit start 0 letter 1 other 2 Figure 2-1: Finite State Automaton In Figure 2-1, state 0 is the start state, and state 2 is the accepting state. As characters are read, we make a transition from one state to another.

    When the first letter is read, we transition to state 1. We remain in state 1 as more letters or digits are read. When we read a character other than a letter or digit, we transition to state 2, the accepting state. Any FSA may be expressed as a computer program. For example, our 3-state machine is easily programmed: 6 start: goto state0 state0: read c if c = letter goto state1 goto state0 state1: read if c if c goto c = letter goto state1 = digit goto state1 state2 state2: accept string This is the technique used by lex. Regular expressions are translated by lex to a computer program that mimics an FSA.

    Using the next input character, and current state, the next state is easily determined by indexing into a computer-generated state table. Now we can easily understand some of lex’s limitations. For example, lex cannot be used to recognize nested structures such as parentheses. Nested structures are handled by incorporating a stack. Whenever we encounter a “(”, we push it on the stack. When a “)” is encountered, we match it with the top of the stack, and pop the stack. Lex, however, only has states and transitions between states. Since it has no stack, it is not well suited for parsing nested structures.

    Yacc augments an FSA with a stack, and can process constructs such as parentheses with ease. The important thing is to use the right tool for the job. Lex is good at pattern matching. Yacc is appropriate for more challenging tasks. 2. 2 Practice Metacharacter .
    * + ? ^ $ a|b (ab)+ “a+b” [] Matches any character except newline newline zero or more copies of preceding expression one or more copies of preceding expression zero or one copy of preceeding expression beginning of line end of line a or b one or more copies of ab (grouping) literal “a+b” (C escapes still work) character class

    Table 2-1: Pattern Matching Primitives 7 Expression abc abc* abc+ a(bc)+ a(bc)? [abc] [a-z] [a-z] [-az] [A-Za-z0-9]+ [
    ]+ [^ab] [a^b] [a|b] a|b Matches abc ab, abc, abcc, abccc, … abc, abcc, abccc, … abc, abcbc, abcbcbc, … a, abc a, b, c any letter, a through z a, -, z -, a, z one or more alphanumeric characters whitespace anything except: a, b a, ^, b a, |, b a or b Table 2-2: Pattern Matching Examples Regular expressions in lex are composed of metacharacters (Table 2-1). Pattern matching examples are shown in Table 2-2. Within a character class, normal operators lose their meaning.

    Two operators allowed in a character class are the hyphen (“-”) and circumflex (“^”). When used between two characters, the hyphen represents a range of characters. The circumflex, when used as the first character, negates the expression. If two patterns match the same string, the longest match wins. In case both matches are the same length, then the first pattern listed is used. … definitions … %% … rules … %% … subroutines … Input to Lex is divided into three sections, with %% dividing the sections. This is best illustrated by example. The first example is the shortest possible lex file: %%

    Input is copied to output, one character at a time. The first %% is always required, as there must always be a rules section. However, if we don’t specify any rules, then the default action is to match everything and copy it to output. Defaults for input and output are stdin and stdout, respectively. Here is the same example, with defaults explicitly coded: 8 %% .
    %% int yywrap(void) { return 1; } int main(void) { yylex(); return 0; } /* match everything except newline */ ECHO; /* match newline */ ECHO; Two patterns have been specified in the rules section. Each pattern must begin in column one.

    This is followed by whitespace (space, tab or newline), and an optional action associated with the pattern. The action may be a single C statement, or multiple C statements enclosed in braces. Anything not starting in column one is copied verbatim to the generated C file. We may take advantage of this behavior to specify comments in our lex file. In this example there are two patterns, “. ” and “
    ”, with an ECHO action associated for each pattern. Several macros and variables are predefined by lex. ECHO is a macro that writes code matched by the pattern. This is the default action for any unmatched strings.

    Typically, ECHO is defined as: #define ECHO fwrite(yytext, yyleng, 1, yyout) Variable yytext is a pointer to the matched string (NULL-terminated), and yyleng is the length of the matched string. Variable yyout is the output file, and defaults to stdout. Function yywrap is called by lex when input is exhausted. Return 1 if you are done, or 0 if more processing is required. Every C program requires a main function. In this case, we simply call yylex, the main entry-point for lex. Some implementations of lex include copies of main and yywrap in a library, eliminating the need to code them explicitly.

    This is why our first example, the shortest lex program, functioned properly. 9 name int yylex(void) char *yytext yyleng yylval int yywrap(void) FILE *yyout FILE *yyin INITIAL BEGIN condition ECHO function call to invoke lexer, returns token pointer to matched string length of matched string value associated with token wrapup, return 1 if done, 0 if not done output file input file initial start condition switch start condition write matched string Table 2-3: Lex Predefined Variables Here’s a program that does nothing at all. All input is matched, but no action is associated with any pattern, so there will be no output. % .
    The following example prepends line numbers to each line in a file. Some implementations of lex predefine and calculate yylineno. The input file for lex is yyin, and defaults to stdin. %{ int yylineno; %} %% ^(. *)
    printf(“%4d %s”, ++yylineno, yytext); %% int main(int argc, char *argv[]) { yyin = fopen(argv[1], “r”); yylex(); fclose(yyin); } The definitions section is composed of substitutions, code, and start states. Code in the definitions section is simply copied as-is to the top of the generated C file, and must be bracketed with “%{“ and “%}” markers.

    Substitutions simplify pattern-matching rules. For example, we may define digits and letters: 10 digit [0-9] letter [A-Za-z] %{ int count; %} %% /* match identifier */ {letter}({letter}|{digit})* count++; %% int main(void) { yylex(); printf(“number of identifiers = %d
    “, count); return 0; } Whitespace must separate the defining term and the associated expression. References to substitutions in the rules section are surrounded by braces ({letter}) to distinguish them from literals. When we have a match in the rules section, the associated C code is executed.

    Here is a scanner that counts the number of characters, words, and lines in a file (similar to Unix wc): %{ int nchar, nword, nline; %} %%
    { nline++; nchar++; } [^
    ]+ { nword++, nchar += yyleng; } . { nchar++; } %% int main(void) { yylex(); printf(“%d %d %d
    “, nchar, nword, nline); return 0; } 11 3. Yacc 3. 1 Theory Grammars for yacc are described using a variant of Backus Naur Form (BNF). This technique was pioneered by John Backus and Peter Naur, and used to describe ALGOL60. A BNF grammar can be used to express context-free languages.

    Most constructs in modern programming languages can be represented in BNF. For example, the grammar for an expression that multiplies and adds numbers is 1 2 3 E -; E + E E -; E * E E -; id Three productions have been specified. Terms that appear on the left-hand side (lhs) of a production, such as E (expression) are nonterminals. Terms such as id (identifier) are terminals (tokens returned by lex) and only appear on the right-hand side (rhs) of a production. This grammar specifies that an expression may be the sum of two expressions, the product of two expressions, or an identifier.

    We can use this grammar to generate expressions: E -; -; -; -; -; E E E E x * * + + + E z E * z y * z y * z (r2) (r3) (r1) (r3) (r3) At each step we expanded a term, replacing the lhs of a production with the corresponding rhs. The numbers on the right indicate which rule applied. To parse an expression, we actually need to do the reverse operation. Instead of starting with a single nonterminal (start symbol) and generating an expression from a grammar, we need to reduce an expression to a single nonterminal. This is known as bottom-up or shift-reduce parsing, and uses a stack for storing terms.

    Here is the same derivation, but in reverse order: 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 . x E E E E E E E E E x . . + + + + + + + . + + + . y E E E E E y y y y . . * * * . * * * * * * . z E z z z z z z z . . shift reduce(r3) shift shift reduce(r3) shift shift reduce(r3) reduce(r2) reduce(r1) accept emit multiply emit add Terms to the left of the dot are on the stack, while remaining input is to the right of the dot. We start by shifting tokens onto the stack. When the top of the stack matches the rhs of a production, we replace the matched tokens on the stack with the lhs of the production.

    Conceptually, the matched tokens of the rhs are popped off the stack, and the lhs of the production is pushed on the stack. The matched tokens are known as a handle, and we are reducing the handle to the lhs of the production. This process continues until we have shifted all input to the stack, and only the starting nonterminal remains on the stack. In step 1 we shift the x to the stack. Step 2 applies rule r3 to the stack, changing x to E. We continue shifting and reducing, until a single nonterminal, the start symbol, remains in the stack. In step 9, when we reduce rule r2, we emit the multiply instruction.

    Similarly, the add instruction is emitted in step 10. Thus, multiply has a higher precedence than addition. Consider, however, the shift at step 6. Instead of shifting, we could have reduced, applying rule r1. This would result in addition having a higher precedence than multiplication. This is known as a shift-reduce conflict. Our grammar is ambiguous, as there is more than one possible derivation that will yield the expression. In this case, operator precedence is affected. As another example, associativity in the rule E -; E + E is ambiguous, for we may recurse on the left or the right.

    To remedy the situation, we could rewrite the grammar, or supply yacc with directives that indicate which operator has precedence. The latter method is simpler, and will be demonstrated in the practice section. The following grammar has a reduce-reduce conflict. With an id on the stack, we may reduce to T, or reduce to E. E -; T E -; id T -; id Yacc takes a default action when there is a conflict. For shift-reduce conflicts, yacc will shift. For reduce-reduce conflicts, it will use the first rule in the listing. It also issues a warning message whenever a conflict exists. The warnings may be suppressed by making 13 he grammar unambiguous. Several methods for removing ambiguity will be presented in subsequent sections. 3. 2 Practice, Part I … definitions … %% … rules … %% … subroutines … Input to yacc is divided into three sections. The definitions section consists of token declarations, and C code bracketed by “%{“ and “%}”. The BNF grammar is placed in the rules section, and user subroutines are added in the subroutines section. This is best illustrated by constructing a small calculator that can add and subtract numbers. We’ll begin by examining the linkage between lex and yacc.

    Here is the definitions section for the yacc input file: %token INTEGER This definition declares an INTEGER token. When we run yacc, it generates a parser in file y. tab. c, and also creates an include file, y. tab. h: #ifndef YYSTYPE #define YYSTYPE int #endif #define INTEGER 258 extern YYSTYPE yylval; Lex includes this file and utilizes the definitions for token values. To obtain tokens, yacc calls yylex. Function yylex has a return type of int, and returns the token value. Values associated with the token are returned by lex in variable yylval. For example, [0-9]+ { yylval = atoi(yytext); return INTEGER; } ould store the value of the integer in yylval, and return token INTEGER to yacc. The type of yylval is determined by YYSTYPE. Since the default type is integer, this works well in this case. Token values 0-255 are reserved for character values. For example, if you had a rule such as [-+] return *yytext; /* return operator */ 14 the character value for minus or plus is returned. Note that we placed the minus sign first so that it wouldn’t be mistaken for a range designator. Generated token values typically start around 258, as lex reserves several values for end-of-file and error processing.

    Here is the complete lex input specification for our calculator: %{ #include “y. tab. h” %} %% [0-9]+ { yylval = atoi(yytext); return INTEGER; } [-+
    ] [ ] . %% int yywrap(void) { return 1; } return *yytext; ; /* skip whitespace */ yyerror(“invalid character”); Internally, yacc maintains two stacks in memory; a parse stack and a value stack. The parse stack contains terminals and nonterminals, and represents the current parsing state. The value stack is an array of YYSTYPE elements, and associates a value with each element in the parse stack.

    For example, when lex returns an INTEGER token, yacc shifts this token to the parse stack. At the same time, the corresponding yylval is shifted to the value stack. The parse and value stacks are always synchronized, so finding a value related to a token on the stack is easily accomplished. Here is the yacc input specification for our calculator: 15 %token INTEGER %% program: program expr ‘
    ‘ | ; expr: INTEGER | expr ‘+’ expr | expr ‘-‘ expr ; %% int yyerror(char *s) { fprintf(stderr, “%s
    “, s); return 0; } int main(void) { yyparse(); return 0; } { $$ = $1; } { $$ = $1 + $3; } { $$ = $1 – $3; } printf(“%d
    “, $2); } The rules section resembles the BNF grammar discussed earlier. The left-hand side of a production, or nonterminal, is entered left-justified, followed by a colon. This is followed by the right-hand side of the production. Actions associated with a rule are entered in braces. By utilizing left-recursion, we have specified that a program consists of zero or more expressions. Each expression terminates with a newline. When a newline is detected, we print the value of the expression.

    When we apply the rule expr: expr ‘+’ expr { $$ = $1 + $3; } we replace the right-hand side of the production in the parse stack with the left-hand side of the same production. In this case, we pop “expr ‘+’ expr” and push “expr”. We have reduced the stack by popping three terms off the stack, and pushing back one term. We may reference positions in the value stack in our C code by specifying “$1” for the first term on the right-hand side of the production, “$2” for the second, and so on. “$$” designates the top of the stack after reduction has taken place.

    The above action adds the value associated with two expressions, pops three terms off the value stack, and pushes back a single sum. Thus, the parse and value stacks remain synchronized. 16 Numeric values are initially entered on the stack when we reduce from INTEGER to expr. After INTEGER is shifted to the stack, we apply the rule expr: INTEGER { $$ = $1; } The INTEGER token is popped off the parse stack, followed by a push of expr. For the value stack, we pop the integer value off the stack, and then push it back on again. In other words, we do nothing.

    In fact, this is the default action, and need not be specified. Finally, when a newline is encountered, the value associated with expr is printed. In the event of syntax errors, yacc calls the user-supplied function yyerror. If you need to modify the interface to yyerror, you can alter the canned file that yacc includes to fit your needs. The last function in our yacc specification is main … in case you were wondering where it was. This example still has an ambiguous grammar. Yacc will issue shift-reduce warnings, but will still process the grammar using shift as the default operation. . 3 Practice, Part II In this section we will extend the calculator from the previous section to incorporate some new functionality. New features include arithmetic operators multiply, and divide. Parentheses may be used to over-ride operator precedence, and single-character variables may be specified in assignment statements. The following illustrates sample input and calculator output: user: calc: user: user: user: calc: user: calc: user: calc: 3 * 27 x = y = x 27 y 5 x + 37 (4 + 5) 3 * (5 + 4) 5 2*y The lexical analyzer returns VARIABLE and INTEGER tokens.

    For variables, yylval specifies an index to sym, our symbol table. For this program, sym merely holds the value of the associated variable. When INTEGER tokens are returned, yylval contains the number scanned. Here is the input specification for lex: 17 %{ #include “y. tab. h” %} %% /* variables */ [a-z] { yylval = *yytext – ‘a’; return VARIABLE; } /* integers */ [0-9]+ { yylval = atoi(yytext); return INTEGER; } /* operators */ [-+()=/*
    ] { return *yytext; } /* skip whitespace */ [ ] ; /* anything else is an error */ yyerror(“invalid character”); . %% int yywrap(void) { return 1; }

    The input specification for yacc follows. The tokens for INTEGER and VARIABLE are utilized by yacc to create #defines in y. tab. h for use in lex. This is followed by definitions for the arithmetic operators. We may specify %left, for left-associative, or %right, for right associative. The last definition listed has the highest precedence. Thus, multiplication and division have higher precedence than addition and subtraction. All four operators are left-associative. Using this simple technique, we are able to disambiguate our grammar. %token INTEGER VARIABLE %left ‘+’ ‘-‘ %left ‘*’ ‘/’ %{ int sym[26]; %} 18 % program: program statement ‘
    ‘ | ; statement: expr | VARIABLE ‘=’ expr ; expr: INTEGER | VARIABLE | expr ‘+’ | expr ‘-‘ | expr ‘*’ | expr ‘/’ | ‘(‘ expr ; %% int yyerror(char *s) { fprintf(stderr, “%s
    “, s); return 0; } int main(void) { yyparse(); return 0; } { { { { { { $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ $$ = = = = = = sym[$1]; $1 + $3; $1 – $3; $1 * $3; $1 / $3; $2; } } } } } } { printf(“%d
    “, $1); } { sym[$1] = $3; } expr expr expr expr ‘)’ 19 4. Calculator 4. 1 Description This version of the calculator is substantially more complex than previous versions. Major changes include control constructs such as if-else and while.

    In addition, a syntax tree is constructed during parsing. After parsing, we walk the syntax tree to produce output. Two versions of the tree walk routine are supplied: • • an interpreter that executes statements during the tree walk, and a compiler that generates code for a hypothetical stack-based machine. To make things more concrete, here is a sample program, x = 0; while (x ; 3) { print x; x = x + 1; } with output for the interpretive version, 0 1 2 and output for the compiler version. push 0 pop x L000: push x push 3 compLT jz L001 push x print push x push 1 add pop x jmp L000 L001: 20

    The include file contains declarations for the syntax tree and symbol table. The symbol table, sym, allows for single-character variable names. A node in the syntax tree may hold a constant (conNodeType), an identifier (idNodeType), or an internal node with an operator (oprNodeType). Union nodeType encapsulates all three variants, and nodeType. type is used to determine which structure we have. The lex input file contains patterns for VARIABLE and INTEGER tokens. In addition, tokens are defined for 2-character operators such as EQ and NE. Single-character operators are simply returned as themselves.

    The yacc input file defines YYSTYPE, the type of yylval, as %union { int iValue; char sIndex; nodeType nPtr; }; /* integer value */ /* symbol table index */ /* node pointer */ This causes the following to be generated in y. tab. h: typedef union { int iValue; char sIndex; nodeType nPtr; } YYSTYPE; extern YYSTYPE yylval; /* integer value */ /* symbol table index */ /* node pointer */ Constants, variables, and nodes can be represented by yylval in the parser’s value stack. Notice the type definitions %token INTEGER %type expr This binds expr to nPtr, and INTEGER to iValue in the YYSTYPE union.

    This is required so that yacc can generate the correct code. For example, the rule expr: INTEGER { $$ = con($1); } should generate the following code. Note that yyvsp[0] addresses the top of the value stack, or the value associated with INTEGER. yylval. nPtr = con(yyvsp[0]. iValue); 21 The unary minus operator is given higher priority than binary operators as follows: %left GE LE EQ NE ‘>’ ‘=” “‘ ‘type = typeCon; p->con. value = value; return p; } nodeType *id(int i) { nodeType *p; /* allocate node */ if ((p = malloc(sizeof(idNodeType))) == NULL) yyerror(“out of memory”); /* copy information */ p->type = typeId; p->id. = i; return p; } nodeType *opr(int oper, int nops, … ) { va_list ap; nodeType *p; size_t size; int i; /* allocate node */ size = sizeof(oprNodeType) + (nops – 1) * sizeof(nodeType*); if ((p = malloc(size)) == NULL) yyerror(“out of memory”); /* copy information */ p->type = typeOpr; p->opr. oper = oper; p->opr. nops = nops; va_start(ap, nops); for (i = 0; i < nops; i++) p->opr. op[i] = va_arg(ap, nodeType*); va_end(ap); return p; } 27 void freeNode(nodeType *p) { int i; if (! p) return; if (p->type == typeOpr) { for (i = 0; i < p->opr. nops; i++) freeNode(p->opr. p[i]); } free (p); } void yyerror(char *s) { fprintf(stdout, “%s
    “, s); } int main(void) { yyparse(); return 0; } 28 4. 5 Interpreter #include #include “calc3. h” #include “y. tab. h” int ex(nodeType *p) { if (! p) return 0; switch(p->type) { case typeCon: return p->con. value; case typeId: return sym[p->id. i]; case typeOpr: switch(p->opr. oper) { case WHILE: while(ex(p->opr. op[0])) ex(p->opr. op[1]); return 0; case IF: if (ex(p->opr. op[0])) ex(p->opr. op[1]); else if (p->opr. nops > 2) ex(p->opr. op[2]); return 0; case PRINT: printf(“%d
    “, ex(p->opr. p[0])); return 0; case ‘;’: ex(p->opr. op[0]); return ex(p->opr. op[1]); case ‘=’: return sym[p->opr. op[0]->id. i] = ex(p->opr. op[1]); case UMINUS: return -ex(p->opr. op[0]); case ‘+’: return ex(p->opr. op[0]) + ex(p->opr. op[1]); case ‘-‘: return ex(p->opr. op[0]) – ex(p->opr. op[1]); case ‘*’: return ex(p->opr. op[0]) * ex(p->opr. op[1]); case ‘/’: return ex(p->opr. op[0]) / ex(p->opr. op[1]); case ‘opr. op[0]) ; ex(p-;opr. op[1]); case ‘>’: return ex(p-;opr. op[0]) ; ex(p-;opr. op[1]); case GE: return ex(p-;opr. p[0]) ;= ex(p-;opr. op[1]); case LE: return ex(p-;opr. op[0]) opr. op[1]); case NE: return ex(p-;opr. op[0]) ! = ex(p-;opr. op[1]); case EQ: return ex(p-;opr. op[0]) == ex(p-;opr. op[1]); } } } 29 4. 6 Compiler #include #include “calc3. h” #include “y. tab. h” static int lbl; int ex(nodeType *p) { int lbl1, lbl2; if (! p) return 0; switch(p-;type) { case typeCon: printf(” push %d
    “, p-;con. value); break; case typeId: printf(” push %c
    “, p-;id. i + ‘a’); break; case typeOpr: switch(p-;opr. oper) { case WHILE: printf(“L%03d:
    “, lbl1 = lbl++); ex(p-;opr. p[0]); printf(” jz L%03d
    “, lbl2 = lbl++); ex(p-;opr. op[1]); printf(” jmp L%03d
    “, lbl1); printf(“L%03d:
    “, lbl2); break; case IF: ex(p-;opr. op[0]); if (p-;opr. nops ; 2) { /* if else */ printf(” jz L%03d
    “, lbl1 = lbl++); ex(p-;opr. op[1]); printf(” jmp L%03d
    “, lbl2 = lbl++); printf(“L%03d:
    “, lbl1); ex(p-;opr. op[2]); printf(“L%03d:
    “, lbl2); } else { /* if */ printf(” jz L%03d
    “, lbl1 = lbl++); ex(p-;opr. op[1]); printf(“L%03d:
    “, lbl1); } break; 30 case PRINT: ex(p-;opr. op[0]); printf(” print
    “); break; case ‘=’: ex(p-;opr. op[1]); printf(” pop %c
    “, p-;opr. p[0]-;id. i + ‘a’); break; case UMINUS: ex(p-;opr. op[0]); printf(” neg
    “); break; default: ex(p-;opr. op[0]); ex(p-;opr. op[1]); switch(p-;opr. oper) { case ‘+’: printf(” add
    “); break; case ‘-‘: printf(” sub
    “); break; case ‘*’: printf(” mul
    “); break; case ‘/’: printf(” div
    “); break; case ”: printf(” compGT
    “); break; case GE: printf(” compGE
    “); break; case LE: printf(” compLE
    “); break; case NE: printf(” compNE
    “); break; case EQ: printf(” compEQ
    “); break; } } } } 31 5. More Lex 5. 1 Strings Quoted strings frequently appear in programming languages.

    Here is one way to match a string in lex: %{ char *yylval; #include %} %% “[^”
    ] { yylval = strdup(yytext+1); if (yylval[yyleng-2] ! = ‘”‘) warning(“improperly terminated string”); else yylval[yyleng-2] = 0; printf(“found ‘%s’
    “, yylval); } The above example ensures that strings don’t cross line boundaries, and removes enclosing quotes. If we wish to add escape sequences, such as
    or “, start states simplify matters: %{ char buf[100]; char *s; %} %x STRING %% ”
    ” ” { { { { { BEGIN STRING; s = buf; } *s++ = ‘
    ‘; } *s++ = ‘ ‘; } *s++ = ‘”‘; } *s = 0; BEGIN 0; printf(“found ‘%s’
    “, buf);
    . { printf(“invalid string”); exit(1); } { *s++ = *yytext; } Exclusive start state STRING is defined in the definition section. When the scanner detects a quote, the BEGIN macro shifts lex into the STRING state. Lex stays in the STRING state, recognizing only patterns that begin with , until another BEGIN 32 is executed. Thus, we have a mini-environment for scanning strings. When the trailing quote is recognized, we switch back to state 0, the initial state. 5. 2 Reserved Words

    If your program has a large collection of reserved words, it is more efficient to let lex simply match a string, and determine in your own code whether it is a variable or reserved word. For example, instead of coding “if” “then” “else” return IF; return THEN; return ELSE; {letter}({letter}|{digit})* { yylval. id = symLookup(yytext); return IDENTIFIER; } where symLookup returns an index into the symbol table, it is better to detect reserved words and identifiers simultaneously, as follows: {letter}({letter}|{digit})* int i; { if ((i = resWord(yytext)) ! 0) return (i); yylval. id = symLookup(yytext); return (IDENTIFIER); } This technique significantly reduces the number of states required, and results in smaller scanner tables. 5. 3 Debugging Lex Lex has facilities that enable debugging. This feature may vary with different versions of lex, so you should consult documentation for details. The code generated by lex in file lex. yy. c includes debugging statements that are enabled by specifying command-line option “-d”. Debug output may be toggled on and off by setting yy_flex_debug.

    Output includes the rule applied and corresponding matched text. If you’re running lex and yacc together, specify the following in your yacc input file: extern int yy_flex_debug; int main(void) { yy_flex_debug = 1; yyparse(); } 33 Alternatively, you may write your own debug code by defining functions that display information for the token value, and each variant of the yylval union. This is illustrated in the following example. When DEBUG is defined, the debug functions take effect, and a trace of tokens and associated values is displayed. %union { int ivalue; … ; %{ #ifdef DEBUG int dbgToken(int tok, char *s) { printf(“token %s
    “, s); return tok; } int dbgTokenIvalue(int tok, char *s) { printf(“token %s (%d)
    “, s, yylval. ivalue); return tok; } #define RETURN(x) return dbgToken(x, #x) #define RETURN_ivalue(x) return dbgTokenIvalue(x, #x) #else #define RETURN(x) return(x) #define RETURN_ivalue(x) return(x) #endif %} %% [0-9]+ { yylval. ivalue = atoi(yytext); RETURN_ivalue(INTEGER); } “if” “else” RETURN(IF); RETURN(ELSE); 34 6. More Yacc 6. 1 Recursion When specifying a list, we may do so using left recursion, list: item | list ‘,’ item ; r right recursion: list: item | item ‘,’ list If right recursion is used, all items on the list are pushed on the stack. After the last item is pushed, we start reducing. With left recursion, we never have more than three terms on the stack, since we reduce as we go along. For this reason, it is advantageous to use left recursion. 6. 2 If-Else Ambiguity A shift-reduce conflict that frequently occurs involves the if-else construct. Assume we have the following rules: stmt: IF expr stmt | IF expr stmt ELSE stmt … and the following state: IF expr stmt IF expr stmt . ELSE stmt

    We need to decide if we should shift the ELSE, or reduce the IF expr stmt at the top of the stack. If we shift, then we have IF IF IF IF expr expr expr expr stmt stmt stmt stmt IF expr stmt . ELSE stmt IF expr stmt ELSE . stmt IF expr stmt ELSE stmt . stmt . where the second ELSE is paired with the second IF. If we reduce, we have 35 IF IF IF IF IF expr expr expr expr expr stmt stmt stmt stmt stmt IF expr stmt . ELSE stmt stmt . ELSE stmt . ELSE stmt ELSE . stmt ELSE stmt . where the second ELSE is paired with the first IF. Modern programming languages pair an ELSE with the most recent unpaired IF, so the former behavior is expected.

    This works well with yacc, since default behavior, when a shift-reduce conflict is encountered, is to shift. Although yacc does the right thing, it also issues a shift-reduce warning message. To remove the message, give IF-ELSE a higher precedence than the simple IF statement: %nonassoc IFX %nonassoc ELSE stmt: IF expr stmt %prec IFX | IF expr stmt ELSE stmt 6. 3 Error Messages A nice compiler gives the user meaningful error messages. For example, not much information is conveyed by the following message: syntax error If we track the line number in lex, then we can at least give the user a line umber: void yyerror(char *s) { fprintf(stderr, “line %d: %s
    “, yylineno, s); } When yacc discovers a parsing error, default action is to call yyerror, and then return from yylex with a return value of one. A more graceful action flushes the input stream to a statement delimiter, and continues to scan: stmt: ‘;’ | expr ‘;’ | PRINT expr ‘;’ | VARIABLE ‘=’ expr ‘; | WHILE ‘(‘ expr ‘)’ stmt | IF ‘(‘ expr ‘)’ stmt %prec IFX | IF ‘(‘ expr ‘)’ stmt ELSE stmt | ‘{‘ stmt_list ‘}’ | error ‘;’ | error ‘}’ ; 36 The error token is a special feature of yacc that will match all input until the token following error is found.

    For this example, when yacc detects an error in a statement it will call yyerror, flush input up to the next semicolon or brace, and resume scanning. 6. 4 Inherited Attributes The examples so far have used synthesized attributes. At any point in a syntax tree we can determine the attributes of a node based on the attributes of its children. Consider the rule expr: expr ‘+’ expr { $$ = $1 + $3; } Since we are parsing bottom-up, the values of both operands are available, and we can determine the value associated with the left-hand side. An inherited attribute of a node depends on the value of a parent or sibling node.

    The following grammar defines a C variable declaration: decl: type varlist type: INT | FLOAT varlist: VAR | varlist ‘,’ VAR { setType($1, $0); } { setType($3, $0); } Here is a sample parse: . INT VAR INT . VAR type . VAR type VAR . type varlist . decl . When we reduce VAR to varlist, we should annotate the symbol table with the type of the variable. However, the type is buried in the stack. This problem is resolved by indexing back into the stack. Recall that $1 designates the first term on the right-hand side. We can index backwards, using $0, $-1, and so on. In this case, $0 will do just fine.

    If you need to specify a token type, the syntax is $0, angle brackets included. In this particular example, care must be taken to ensure that type always precedes varlist. 6. 5 Embedded Actions Rules in yacc may contain embedded actions: list: item1 { do_item1($1); } item2 { do_item2($3); } item3 Note that the actions take a slot in the stack, so do_item2 must use $3 to reference item2. Actually, this grammar is transformed by yacc into the following: 37 list: item1 _rule01 item2 _rule02 item3 _rule01: { do_item1($0); } _rule02: { do_item2($0); } 6. 6 Debugging Yacc Yacc has facilities that enable debugging.

    This feature may vary with different versions of yacc, so you should consult documentation for details. The code generated by yacc in file y. tab. c includes debugging statements that are enabled by defining YYDEBUG and setting it to a non-zero value. This may also be done by specifying command-line option “-t”. With YYDEBUG properly set, debug output may be toggled on and off by setting yydebug. Output includes tokens scanned and shift/reduce actions. %{ #define YYDEBUG 1 %} %% … %% int main(void) { #if YYDEBUG yydebug = 1; #endif yylex(); } In addition, you can dump the parse states by specifying command-line option “-v”.

    States are dumped to file y. output, and are often useful when debugging a grammar. Alternatively, you can write your own debug code by defining a TRACE macro, as illustrated below. When DEBUG is defined, a trace of reductions, by line number, is displayed. %{ #ifdef DEBUG #define TRACE printf(“reduce at line %d
    “, __LINE__); #else #define TRACE #endif %} %% statement_list: statement { TRACE $$ = $1; } | statement_list statement { TRACE $$ = newNode(‘;’, 2, $1, $2); } ; 38 7. Bibliography Aho, Alfred V. , Ravi Sethi and Jeffrey D. Ullman [1986]. Compilers, Prinicples, Techniques and Tools.

    Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts. Gardner, Jim, Chris Retterath and Eric Gisin [1988]. MKS Lex & Yacc. Mortice Kern Systems Inc. , Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Johnson, Stephen C. [1975]. Yacc: Yet Another Compiler Compiler. Computing Science Technical Report No. 32, Bell Laboratories, Murray hill, New Jersey. Lesk, M. E. and E. Schmidt [1975]. Lex – A Lexical Analyzer Generator. Computing Science Technical Report No. 39, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Levine, John R. , Tony Mason and Doug Brown [1992]. Lex & Yacc. O’Reilly & Associates, Inc. Sebastopol, California. 39

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