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Re: api.header.include and backward-compatible .y files

From: Kaz Kylheku
Subject: Re: api.header.include and backward-compatible .y files
Date: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:25:02 -0700
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On 2020-09-08 12:18, Adam Novak wrote:
It sounds like Bison is designed around the GNU project way of doing
software development, where there exist "maintainers" who are
different from end users, and who have an opportunity to prepare
"releases" which either contain more files than are checked into
version control (or at least an opportunity to update generated files
which are checked in).

That turns out not to be the case, entirely. Like other Autotools
project, Bison ships the downstream user a generated ./configure
script which doesn't require Autotools or M4.

But Bison uses M4 to generate code from skeletons also.

Not only is that generation not done at the time a Bison version is
cut for shipping to people who build it (similarly to the configure
script), it's not actually done until the users who run bison
execute the program.

If you look into your distro's /usr/share/bison directory, you find
files like yacc.c that are not C, but M4 source.

That approach works smoothly because M4 is stable. Most users don't
even know about the M4 run-time dependency.

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