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Add word boundary support #167

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JesseBuesking opened this issue Dec 22, 2016 · 5 comments
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Add word boundary support #167

JesseBuesking opened this issue Dec 22, 2016 · 5 comments

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@JesseBuesking
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@JesseBuesking JesseBuesking commented Dec 22, 2016

Would it be possible to support word boundaries? As far as I can tell, the \b that is referred to in the documentation is actually referring the backspace character.

My YYFILL function returns 0 when the known string length is met:

#define YYFILL(n) if (ss->cursor >= ss->limit) return 0;

I have a rule in my grammar to match numbers containing commas with an optional decimal component:

[0-9]{1,3} ("," [0-9]{3})+ ("." [0-9]+)*

Given an input of "1,000,000.00", the lexer will reach the final 0 while processing this rule, then re2c will call YYFILL returning 0 resulting in the rule failing to match.

If word boundaries were supported, I could change my pattern to:

\b [0-9]{1,3} ("," [0-9]{3})+ ("." [0-9]+)* \b

Then the rule would theoretically know that the end of the string is met and return the token prior to reaching the end of the string.

I'm not sure how much work would be involved to support this, so if you have a recommendation for a workaround please let me know. My only idea to address this is to specifically include null bytes in my rules.

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Dec 23, 2016

Word boundary woudn't help in this case: it would need to read one character past valid input "1,000,000.00" to determine that word boundary is reached. If you can guarantee existence of the terminating character (one that does not appear in valid input, hence [^0-9,.]), then you don't need neither word boundary, nor YYFILL, you can simply use the sentinel method described here http://re2c.org/examples/example_01.html:

#include <stdio.h>

static const char *lex(const char *YYCURSOR)
{
    const char *YYMARKER;
    /*!re2c
        re2c:define:YYCTYPE = char;
        re2c:yyfill:enable = 0;

        end = "\x00";
        dgt = [0-9];
        str = dgt{1,3} ("," dgt{3})+ ("." dgt+)*;

        *       { return "err"; }
        str end { return "str"; }
    */
}

int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
    for (int i = 1; i < argc; ++i) {
        printf ("%s: %s\n", lex(argv[i]), argv[i]);
    }
    return 0;
}

Works like that:

$ re2c -o a.cc a.re -W && g++ -o a a.cc && ./a "1,000,000.00" "1,0000"
str: 1,000,000.00
err: 1,0000

However, if you cannot guarantee existence of terminating character (your input is valid up to the last character and cannot be temporarily modified to end with a terminating character), then you cannot use sentinel method to stop the lexer. There is a number of other options.

Your definition of YYFILL is incorrect: it shouldn't ignore the n parameter. Suppose that n is, say, 10 and you have, say, 3 characters left between cursor and limit. Your YYFILL will resume lexing, but no other checks might happen in the next 10 characters. If the memory past the end of your input happens to contain valid input suffix, lexer won't stop at the end of input.

If you have very long input that needs buffering, follow these examples: http://re2c.org/examples/example_02.html and http://re2c.org/examples/example_03.html.

If you don't use buffering and you just want to stop at exactly N characters or at the first error, then you can't do it with defaut API (because you need to check for the end of input on every character), but you can still do it with generic API http://re2c.org/manual/features/generic_api/generic_api.html. You'll have to disable YYFILL with re2c:yyfill:enable = 0; and define YYPEEK to check for the end of input: #define YYPEEK() (cursor >= limit ? 0 : *cursor). There is an example of this approach in re2c test suite:
https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/blob/691a28a17c837441347c2b8ed679df72a3f5b94e/re2c/test/input_custom_mjson.--input%28custom%29.re

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@JesseBuesking JesseBuesking commented Dec 23, 2016

Yesterday evening after posting I attempted to include null byte checks in my lexer and it worked with surprisingly few modifications, however I believe your last paragraph is exactly what I need. Thank you for your detailed and timely response! I'm going to try your suggestions next.

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Dec 23, 2016

Just to clarify, if you can use sentinel method (append NULL or set last input byte to NULL) then by all means do so. It's much more efficient than checking for the end of input on every character.

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@JesseBuesking JesseBuesking commented Dec 23, 2016

Agreed! Unfortunately I need to support char arrays containing NULL characters which is why I was originally trying to use YYFILL to do bounds checks.

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@skvadrik skvadrik commented Dec 23, 2016

Sentnel doesn't have to be NULL. It can be any character that does not appear in valid input (but might appear in invalid input). If all characters are allowed by your regexp, only then you should use YYFILL.

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netbsd-srcmastr pushed a commit to NetBSD/pkgsrc that referenced this issue Sep 20, 2020
2.0.3 (2020-08-22)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Fix issues when building re2c as a CMake subproject
  (`#302 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/302>`_:

- Final corrections in the SIMPA article "RE2C: A lexer generator based on
  lookahead-TDFA", https://doi.org/10.1016/j.simpa.2020.100027

2.0.2 (2020-08-08)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Enable re2go building by default.

- Package CMake files into release tarball.

2.0.1 (2020-07-29)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Updated version for CMake build system (forgotten in release 2.0).

- Added a short article about re2c for the Software Impacts journal.

2.0 (2020-07-20)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added new code generation backend for Go and a new ``re2go`` program
  (`#272 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/272>`_: Go support).
  Added option ``--lang <c | go>``.

- Added CMake build system as an alternative to Autotools
  (`#275 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/275>`_:
  Add a CMake build system (thanks to ligfx),
  `#244 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/244>`_: Switching to CMake).

- Changes in generic API:

  + Removed primitives ``YYSTAGPD`` and ``YYMTAGPD``.
  + Added primitives ``YYSHIFT``, ``YYSHIFTSTAG``, ``YYSHIFTMTAG``
    that allow to express fixed tags in terms of generic API.
  + Added configurations ``re2c:api:style`` and ``re2c:api:sigil``.
  + Added named placeholders in interpolated configuration strings.

- Changes in reuse mode (``-r, --reuse`` option):

  + Do not reset API-related configurations in each `use:re2c` block
    (`#291 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/291>`_:
    Defines in rules block are not propagated to use blocks).
  + Use block-local options instead of last block options.
  + Do not accumulate options from rules/reuse blocks in whole-program options.
  + Generate non-overlapping YYFILL labels for reuse blocks.
  + Generate start label for each reuse block in storable state mode.

- Changes in start-conditions mode (``-c, --start-conditions`` option):

  + Allow to use normal (non-conditional) blocks in `-c` mode
    (`#263 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/263>`_:
    allow mixing conditional and non-conditional blocks with -c,
    `#296 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/296>`_:
    Conditions required for all lexers when using '-c' option).
  + Generate condition switch in every re2c block
    (`#295 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/295>`_:
    Condition switch generated for only one lexer per file).

- Changes in the generated labels:

  + Use ``yyeof`` label prefix instead of ``yyeofrule``.
  + Use ``yyfill`` label prefix instead of ``yyFillLabel``.
  + Decouple start label and initial label (affects label numbering).

- Removed undocumented configuration ``re2c🎏o``, ``re2c🎏output``.

- Changes in ``re2c🎏t``, ``re2c🎏type-header`` configuration:
  filename is now relative to the output file directory.

- Added option ``--case-ranges`` and configuration ``re2c🎏case-ranges``.

- Extended fixed tags optimization for the case of fixed-counter repetition.

- Fixed bugs related to EOF rule:

  + `#276 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/276>`_:
    Example 01_fill.re in docs is broken
  + `#280 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/280>`_:
    EOF rules with multiple blocks
  + `#284 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/284>`_:
    mismatched YYBACKUP and YYRESTORE
    (Add missing fallback states with EOF rule)

- Fixed miscellaneous bugs:

  + `#286 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/286>`_:
    Incorrect submatch values with fixed-length trailing context.
  + `#297 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/297>`_:
    configure error on ubuntu 18.04 / cmake 3.10

- Changed bootstrap process (require explicit configuration flags and a path to
  re2c executable to regenerate the lexers).

- Added internal options ``--posix-prectable <naive | complex>``.

- Added debug option ``--dump-dfa-tree``.

- Major revision of the paper "Efficient POSIX submatch extraction on NFA".

----
1.3x
----

1.3 (2019-12-14)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added option: ``--stadfa``.

- Added warning: ``-Wsentinel-in-midrule``.

- Added generic API primitives:

  + ``YYSTAGPD``
  + ``YYMTAGPD``

- Added configurations:

  + ``re2c:sentinel = 0;``
  + ``re2c:define:YYSTAGPD = "YYSTAGPD";``
  + ``re2c:define:YYMTAGPD = "YYMTAGPD";``

- Worked on reproducible builds
  (`#258 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/pull/258>`_:
  Make the build reproducible).

----
1.2x
----

1.2.1 (2019-08-11)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Fixed bug `#253 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/253>`_:
  re2c should install unicode_categories.re somewhere.

- Fixed bug `#254 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/254>`_:
  Turn off re2c:eof = 0.

1.2 (2019-08-02)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

- Added EOF rule ``$`` and configuration ``re2c:eof``.

- Added ``/*!include:re2c ... */`` directive and ``-I`` option.

- Added ``/*!header:re2c:on*/`` and ``/*!header:re2c:off*/`` directives.

- Added ``--input-encoding <ascii | utf8>`` option.

  + `#237 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/237>`_:
    Handle non-ASCII encoded characters in regular expressions
  + `#250 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/250>`_
    UTF8 enoding

- Added include file with a list of definitions for Unicode character classes.

  + `#235 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/235>`_:
    Unicode character classes

- Added ``--location-format <gnu | msvc>`` option.

  + `#195 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/195>`_:
    Please consider using Gnu format for error messages

- Added ``--verbose`` option that prints "success" message if re2c exits
  without errors.

- Added configurations for options:

  + ``-o --output`` (specify output file)
  + ``-t --type-header`` (specify header file)

- Removed configurations for internal/debug options.

- Extended ``-r`` option: allow to mix multiple ``/*!rules:re2c*/``,
  ``/*!use:re2c*/`` and ``/*!re2c*/`` blocks.

  + `#55 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/55>`_:
    allow standard re2c blocks in reuse mode

- Fixed ``-F --flex-support`` option: parsing and operator precedence.

  + `#229 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/229>`_:
    re2c option -F (flex syntax) broken
  + `#242 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/242>`_:
    Operator precedence with --flex-syntax is broken

- Changed difference operator ``/`` to apply before encoding expansion of
  operands.

  + `#236 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/236>`_:
    Support range difference with variable-length encodings

- Changed output generation of output file to be atomic.

  + `#245 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/245>`_:
    re2c output is not atomic

- Authored research paper "Efficient POSIX Submatch Extraction on NFA"
  together with Dr Angelo Borsotti.

- Added experimental libre2c library (``--enable-libs`` configure option) with
  the following algorithms:

  + TDFA with leftmost-greedy disambiguation
  + TDFA with POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with leftmost-greedy disambiguation
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with lazy POSIX disambiguation (Okui-Suzuki algorithm)
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Kuklewicz algorithm)
  + TNFA with POSIX disambiguation (Cox algorithm)

- Added debug subsystem (``--enable-debug`` configure option) and new debug
  options:

  + ``-dump-cfg`` (dump control flow graph of tag variables)
  + ``-dump-interf`` (dump interference table of tag variables)
  + ``-dump-closure-stats`` (dump epsilon-closure statistics)

- Added internal options:

  + ``--posix-closure <gor1 | gtop>`` (switch between shortest-path algorithms
    used for the construction of POSIX closure)

- Fixed a number of crashes found by American Fuzzy Lop fuzzer:

  + `#226 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/226>`_,
    `#227 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/227>`_,
    `#228 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/228>`_,
    `#231 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/231>`_,
    `#232 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/232>`_,
    `#233 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/233>`_,
    `#234 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/234>`_,
    `#238 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/238>`_

- Fixed handling of newlines:

  + correctly parse multi-character newlines CR LF in ``#line`` directives
  + consistently convert all newlines in the generated file to Unix-style LF

- Changed default tarball format from .gz to .xz.

  + `#221 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/221>`_:
    big source tarball

- Fixed a number of other bugs and resolved issues:

  + `#2 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/2>`_: abort
  + `#6 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/6>`_: segfault
  + `#10 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/10>`_:
    lessons/002_upn_calculator/calc_002 doesn't produce a useful example program
  + `#44 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/44>`_:
    Access violation when translating the attached file
  + `#49 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/49>`_:
    wildcard state \000 rules makes lexer behave weard
  + `#98 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/98>`_:
    Transparent handling of #line directives in input files
  + `#104 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/104>`_:
    Improve const-correctness
  + `#105 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/105>`_:
    Conversion of pointer parameters into references
  + `#114 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/114>`_:
    Possibility of fixing bug 2535084
  + `#120 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/120>`_:
    condition consisting of default rule only is ignored
  + `#167 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/167>`_:
    Add word boundary support
  + `#168 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/168>`_:
    Wikipedia's article on re2c
  + `#180 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/180>`_:
    Comment syntax?
  + `#182 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/182>`_:
    yych being set by YYPEEK () and then not used
  + `#196 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/196>`_:
    Implicit type conversion warnings
  + `#198 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/198>`_:
    no match for ‘operator!=’ in ‘i != std::vector<_Tp, _Alloc>::rend() [with _Tp = re2c::bitmap_t, _Alloc = std::allocator<re2c::bitmap_t>]()’
  + `#210 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/210>`_:
    How to build re2c in windows?
  + `#215 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/215>`_:
    A memory read overrun issue in s_to_n32_unsafe.cc
  + `#220 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/220>`_:
    src/dfa/dfa.h: simplify constructor to avoid g++-3.4 bug
  + `#223 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/223>`_:
    Fix typo
  + `#224 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/224>`_:
    src/dfa/closure_posix.cc: pack() tweaks
  + `#225 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/225>`_:
    Documentation link is broken in libre2c/README
  + `#230 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/230>`_:
    Changes for upcoming Travis' infra migration
  + `#239 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/239>`_:
    Push model example has wrong re2c invocation, breaks guide
  + `#241 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/241>`_:
    Guidance on how to use re2c for full-duplex command & response protocol
  + `#243 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/243>`_:
    A code generated for period (.) requires 4 bytes
  + `#246 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/246>`_:
    Please add a license to this repo
  + `#247 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/247>`_:
    Build failure on current Cygwin, probably caused by force-fed c++98 mode
  + `#248 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/248>`_:
    distcheck still looks for README
  + `#251 <https://github.com/skvadrik/re2c/issues/251>`_:
    Including what you use is find, but not without inclusion guards

- Updated documentation and website.
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