Bug in Berkeley yacc 1.8

John R. Levine <johnl@iecc.cambridge.ma.us>
Fri, 17 Apr 1992 22:29:22 GMT

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From: John R. Levine <johnl@iecc.cambridge.ma.us>
Keywords: yacc, errors
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 1992 22:29:22 GMT

I was surprised to find that Berkeley yacc does not complain about this

xlist: xlist 'X' ;

AT&T yacc notices that there are no finite length parses and says:

  fatal error: nonterminal xlist never derives any token string, line 3

It's not a horrible bug, but both for compatibility and debugging
reasons it'd be nice if it diagnosed this situation. (Yeah, I know
I have the source code, I should fix it. Later.)
John Levine, johnl@iecc.cambridge.ma.us, {spdcc|ima|world}!iecc!johnl


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