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* [Caml-list] [ANN] New release of Menhir (20211125)
@ 2021-11-26  9:26 François Pottier
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From: François Pottier @ 2021-11-26  9:26 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Dear OCaml and Menhir users,

I am pleased to announce a new release of Menhir, with an exciting
contribution by Frédéric Bour: a groundbreaking performance improvement in
`menhir --list-errors`. This is made possible by an entirely new 
algorithm, which has been designed and implemented by Frédéric, and which is
described in our paper "Faster Reachability Analysis for LR(1) Parsers". 
is the link to the paper:

To install the new release, just type

   opam update
   opam install menhir.20211125


François Pottier

* The command `menhir --list-errors` has been sped up by a factor of up
   to x100, and requires up to x1000 less memory, thanks to a new LR(1)
   reachability algorithm, which has been designed and implemented by
   Frédéric Bour.

* Better document the restricted way in which the `error` token must be
   used when using `--strategy simplified`. Menhir now checks that this
   token is used only at the end of a production, and warns if this is
   not the case. (Better yet, our suggestion is to not use the `error`
   token at all!)

* The `$syntaxerror` keyword is now forbidden when using
   `--strategy simplified`. This keyword will be entirely removed
   in the next release. Incidentally, we have just found out that
   it behaves differently under the code back-end and under the
   table back-end.

* Disable OCaml warning 39 (unused rec flag) in the OCaml code produced
   by Menhir's code back-end. This does not affect the table back-end.
   (Reported by Armaël Guéneau.)

* Fix a bug in `--random-*` which could cause Menhir to diverge if the
   grammar uses the `error` token.

* Warn if a terminal symbol is named `Error`. This creates a name clash
   in the public interface of the generated parser.

* Menhir now requires OCaml 4.03.0 (instead of 4.02.3)
   and Dune 2.8.0 (instead of 2.0.0).

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