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A semantic parser of source files

Sparse is a semantic parser of source files: it's neither a compiler (although it could be used as a front-end for one) nor is it a preprocessor (although it contains as a part of it a preprocessing phase).

It is meant to be a small - and simple - library. Scanty and meager, and partly because of that easy to use. It has one mission in life: create a semantic parse tree for some arbitrary user for further analysis. It's not a tokenizer, nor is it some generic context-free parser. In fact, context (semantics) is what it's all about - figuring out not just what the grouping of tokens are, but what the _types_ are that the grouping implies.

Sparse is primarily used in the development and debugging of the Linux kernel.

Package version:0.4.4


  sparse (spärs), adj,., spars-er, spars-est.
	1. thinly scattered or distributed; "a sparse population"
	2. thin; not thick or dense: "sparse hair"
	3. scanty; meager.
	4. semantic parse
  	[ from Latin: spars(us) scattered, past participle of
	  spargere 'to sparge' ]

	Antonym: abundant

Sparse is a semantic parser of source files: it's neither a compiler
(although it could be used as a front


	FAQ - Why sparse?

Q.  Why not just use gcc?

A.  Gcc is big, complex, and the gcc maintainers are not interested in
    other uses of the gcc front-end.  In fact, gcc has explicitly
    resisted splitting up the front and back ends and having some common
    intermediate language because of religious license issues - you can
    have multiple front ends and back ends, but they all have to be par


cgcc(1)                                                      cgcc(1)

       cgcc - Compiler wrapper to run Sparse after compiling

       cgcc   [SPARSE   OPTIONS]...   [COMPILER  OPTIONS]...  [INPUT
       make CC=cgcc

       cgcc provides a wrapper around a C compiler (cc  by  default)
       which also invokes the Sparse static analysis tool.



sparse(1)                                                  sparse(1)

       sparse - Semanti


The 'sparse' C parser front-end library is copyrighted by Transmeta Corp
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