6.17. Bison-2.2

The Bison package contains a parser generator.

Approximate build time: 0.6 SBU
Required disk space: 11.9 MB

6.17.1. Installation of Bison

Prepare Bison for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

The configure system causes bison to be built without support for internationalization of error messages if a bison program is not already in $PATH. The following addition will correct this.

echo '#define YYENABLE_NLS 1' >> config.h

Compile the package:


To test the results, issue: make check.

Install the package:

make install

6.17.2. Contents of Bison

Installed programs: bison and yacc
Installed library: liby.a

Short Descriptions


Generates, from a series of rules, a program for analyzing the structure of text files; Bison is a replacement for Yacc (Yet Another Compiler Compiler)


A wrapper for bison, meant for programs that still call yacc instead of bison; it calls bison with the -y option


The Yacc library containing implementations of Yacc-compatible yyerror and main functions; this library is normally not very useful, but POSIX requires it