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NAME

flex − fast lexical analyzer generator

SYNOPSIS

flex [OPTIONS] [FILE]...

DESCRIPTION

Generates programs that perform pattern-matching on text.

Table Compression:
−Ca
, −−align

trade off larger tables for better memory alignment

−Ce, −−ecs

construct equivalence classes

−Cf

do not compress tables; use −f representation

−CF

do not compress tables; use −F representation

−Cm, −−meta−ecs

construct meta-equivalence classes

−Cr, −−read

use read() instead of stdio for scanner input

−f, −−full

generate fast, large scanner. Same as −Cfr

−F, −−fast

use alternate table representation. Same as −CFr

−Cem

default compression (same as −−ecs −−meta−ecs)

Debugging:
−d
, −−debug

enable debug mode in scanner

−b, −−backup

write backing-up information to lex.backup

−p, −−perf−report

write performance report to stderr

−s, −−nodefault

suppress default rule to ECHO unmatched text

−T, −−trace

flex should run in trace mode

−w, −−nowarn

do not generate warnings

−v, −−verbose

write summary of scanner statistics to stdout

Files:
−o
, −−outfile=FILE

specify output filename

−S, −−skel=FILE

specify skeleton file

−t, −−stdout

write scanner on stdout instead of lex.yy.c

−−yyclass=NAME

name of C++ class

−−header−file=FILE

create a C header file in addition to the scanner

−−tables−file[=FILE] write tables to FILE

Scanner behavior:

−7, −−7bit

generate 7-bit scanner

−8, −−8bit

generate 8-bit scanner

−B, −−batch

generate batch scanner (opposite of −I)

−i, −−case−insensitive

ignore case in patterns

−l, −−lex−compat

maximal compatibility with original lex

−X, −−posix−compat

maximal compatibility with POSIX lex

−I, −−interactive

generate interactive scanner (opposite of −B)

−−yylineno

track line count in yylineno

Generated code:
-+, −−c++

generate C++ scanner class

−Dmacro[=defn]

#define macro defn (default defn is ’1’)

−L, −−noline

suppress #line directives in scanner

−P, −−prefix=STRING

use STRING as prefix instead of "yy"

−R, −−reentrant

generate a reentrant C scanner

−−bison−bridge

scanner for bison pure parser.

−−bison−locations

include yylloc support.

−−stdinit

initialize yyin/yyout to stdin/stdout

−−noansi−definitions old-style function definitions

−−noansi−prototypes

empty parameter list in prototypes

−−nounistd

do not include <unistd.h>

−−noFUNCTION

do not generate a particular FUNCTION

Miscellaneous:

−c

do-nothing POSIX option

−n

do-nothing POSIX option

-?

−h, −−help

produce this help message

−V, −−version

report flex version

SEE ALSO

The full documentation for flex is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and flex programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info flex

should give you access to the complete manual.

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