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That looks like a really nice Lexer, but I must admit that I have become very fond of Parse::RecDescent.   Yes, a full-on parser, driven by a grammar.   I’ve asked that tool to do fairly-ridiculous things, like parsing a conglomeration of SAS programs, Korn shell scripts and Tivoli schedule files ... hundreds of ’em ... and it Just Did It™ with style and grace.   I would basically take that approach instead of building my own program to navigate through the file’s semantic structure, even with a good Lexer by my side.

Furthermore, you can find an EBNF grammar-description for the Sudoers file here:   http://www.sudo.ws/sudoers.man.html.   No, P::RD does not handle such grammars directly (although other Perl parsers do ...), but it shows you outright what the proper grammar structure ought to be.   I think that this might save you a lot of messy coding.


In reply to Re: Lexing: how to define tokens based on "context" by sundialsvc4
in thread Lexing: how to define tokens based on "context" by three18ti

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