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lex: how to restart a lexer with string input

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(note: I'm using AT&T lex)
I'm writing a shared library that lexs string input sent by external programs. Problem is, when the function is called consecutively by any instance of an external program, the lexer -- yylex() --  does not get reset. Thus, subsequent return values are null (the first call works great though!). Below is part of this program:


Part of the header file:
    ...
    #undef input
    #undef unput
    #define input() (*instring++)
    #define unput(c) ( *--instring = c)
    ...
and later I define the main function:

    char * lexfunction(char *yourstring)
    {
      ...
       instring=cpy_of_yourstring;
       yylex();
      ...
       return parsed_string;
    }

THEN an external script which loads in this library
can call "lexfunction(somestring)".

QUESTION: how do I reset the lexer. I know it's something with either yywrap() or yylex() but I don't know how to do it!

Any suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated.
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by:thoellri
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Try adding the following function to your source:

int yywrap() {
  return 0;
}

Hope this helps
  Tobias
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I had tried that. It causes the program to hang because yylex() needs a return 1 to shutdown. Modifying yywrap() seems to be best suited for applications that spin through a series of inputs with each execution.

As a shared library, it's not clear to me when execution really ends. Maybe that's the central issue here: how do I ensure a new instance of the function when new data comes in? This is very frustrating!!

Thanks for any help!
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by:greenhaze
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I had tried that. It causes the program to hang because yylex() needs a return 1 to shutdown. Modifying yywrap() seems to be best suited for applications that spin through a series of inputs with each execution.

As a shared library, it's not clear to me when execution really ends. Maybe that's the central issue here: how do I ensure a new instance of the function when new data comes in? This is very frustrating!!

Thanks for any help!
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by:thoellri
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I'm sorry that it didn't fix your problem - I'm at a loss here :-(
  Tobias

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by:_Scotch_
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Have you done something with YY_INPUT to lex a buffer rather
than a file ??

If so have a look at yy_create_buffer() and yy_switch_to_buffer()

-- I use flex but imagine the interface is much the same as lex
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login0000 earned 600 total points
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to force lex to go back to the initial state after each call ,you can use yyterminate.
you can add for example this whitch work eaven if lex work on a string an not a file.

<<EOF>>                        {
                              //      printf("end du fichier");
                                    BEGIN(0);
                                    yyterminate();
                        
                              }
just try it. good luck
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by:greenhaze
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This is correct if using GNU flex; however, I'm using AT&T lex - its buggier cousin.

Likewise, the YY_INPUT macro is flex-specific. I had to use the #define input() statements for AT&T lex.

Alas, I got it running. Thanks for all the suggestions!


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