Re: C front-end advice sought

Lars Thomas Hansen <>
20 Dec 1996 17:13:23 -0500

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From: Lars Thomas Hansen <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 20 Dec 1996 17:13:23 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
References: 96-12-133
Keywords: C, parse

>We are about to begin a project to build a tool that translates an
>ANSI C program annotated with pragmas into an ANSI C program with
>calls to a library (implementing the functionality of the pragmas).
>We are looking to build on some kind of front-end that parses ANSI C
>and builds a symbol table and (maybe or maybe not) a parse tree.

I recommend that you take a good look at the Princeton/AT&T C compiler
'lcc'; I've used it for a project not unlike what you mention and it
worked very well. It's small, very clean, and best of all, it is
utterly documented in a book by Fraser and Hanson, "A retargetable C
compiler: design and implementation". lcc is available from the
princeton ftp site.



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