bison 1.75 and flex

Billy O'Connor billyoc at
Wed Nov 27 13:12:06 PST 2002

"DJ Lucas" <dj_me at> writes:

> Jochen Schröder wrote:
> > I recall reading about quite a bit of trouble with bison 1.75 not just
> > compiling lfs, but also things like X. If you feel really adventurous
> > go ahaed else I'd recommend downgrading to 1.35 which is what the
> > book uses. Cheers
> > Jochen
> >
> Just to clarify, the problems that people are seeing with bison 1.5 and
> 1.75 in BLFS are not really bison problems, they are problems with
> sloppy programming in the other packages.  It used to be okay, as far a
> bison was concerned, to not properly end a line.  Which in all the
> problems I've seen thus far, is nothing short of lazyness of the
> developer, in either forgetting to, or just ignoring that you should
> teminate the line, because it's accepted on the older versions.  At
> anyrate, I'm sure that by now, most of the developers that have these
> problems are aware of them and they will be corrected either by patch or
> by a new revision in the BLFS book.

Indeed, the 3 or 4 patches I mailed to developers of packages that
failed with Bison-1.75 had already been fixed by the time I mailed
them.  I wouldn't expect this to be a problem for long.

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