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To: Barbara Denny <>
Subject: Re: freebsd flex bug?
In-reply-to: Your message of Fri, 30 Jan 1998 12:00:43 PST.
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 12:42:32 PST
From: Vern Paxson <vern>

> lex.yy.c:1996: parse error before `='

This is the key, identifying this error.  (It may help to pinpoint
it by using flex -L, so it doesn't generate #line directives in its
output.)  I will bet you heavy money that you have a start condition
name that is also a variable name, or something like that; flex spits
out #define's for each start condition name, mapping them to a number,
so you can wind up with:

	%x foo
	void bar()
		int foo = 3;

and the penultimate will turn into "int 1 = 3" after C preprocessing,
since flex will put "#define foo 1" in the generated scanner.