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Bison-style parser generator for C++

Bisonc++ was designed after `bison++', created by Alain Coetmeur. Bisonc++ adds to bison++ a cleaner class-design, using a base-class to communicate lexical tokens to a lexical scanner.

Since bisonc++ generates the parser class as well as the parsing function. The class can easily be provided with additional members without needing polymorphic functions. Consequently, classes generated by bisonc++ have no virtual members and actually have but one public member: parse(), replacing the old-style bison and bison++ yyparse() function.

Bisonc++ offers many options, among which an option to define classes generated by bisonc++ in a separate namespace. This allows developers to define additional symbols, even outside of the class generated by bisonc++, without encountering name-collision problems. With bisonc++, artificial means to prevent name-collisions, like bison and bison++'s yy-convention are not required anymore when using bisonc++. Bisonc++ merely generates C++ code. If C code is required, bison should be used. Bisonc++'s grammar requirements are highly compatible with bison's requirements, so converting a bison grammar into a bisonc++ grammar should be fairly simple.

In addition to the bisonc++ parser generator itself and several skeleton files, the package contains an extensive man-page, a full manual rewritten after the original bison manual, and several examples.

Some history: Bisonc++ versions 0.98 is a complete rewrite of an LALR(1) parser generator, as described in Aho, Sethi and Ullman's (1986) book `Compilers' (a.k.a. the `Dragon Book'). Version 0.98 was completed in May 2005. Another major rewrite was completed one year later, May 2006, resulting in version 1.00.

Package version:2.7.0-2


Bisonc++ 0.98 is a complete rewrite of the well-known bison(++) parser
generator. See the manual page for details.

Several demo programs are found below the bisonc++/documentation/examples
directory. In that directory there's a README file describing the purposes of
the various examples.

The (original) bison documentation is provided in html format in the directory
bisonc++/documentation/html. T


bisonc++(1)           bisonc++ parser generator          bisonc++(1)

       bisonc++ - Generate a C++ parser class and parsing function

       bisonc++ [OPTIONS] grammar-file

       The  program  bisonc++  is based on previous work on bison by
       Alain Coetmeur (, who created in  the  early
       ’90s a C++ class encapsulating the yyparse func


bisonc++ (2.7.0-2) unstable; urgency=low

    New release linked against bobcat 2.08.00

 -- Frank B. Brokken <>  Tue, 04 May 2010 13:05:46 +0200

bisonc++ (2.7.0-1) unstable; urgency=low

  [ Frank B. Brokken ]
  * New upstream release
  [ George Danchev ]
  * Added source/format
  * Pass -a to debhelper scripts in binary-arch
 -- Frank B. Brokken <>  Wed, 3


bisonc++ (2.7.0)

  * $-characters appearing in strings or character constants in action blocks 


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