[TUHS] Archaic yacc C grammar

David david at kdbarto.org
Tue Oct 30 05:02:29 AEST 2018

> On Oct 29, 2018, at 10:52 AM, Steve Johnson <scj at yaccman.com> wrote:
> We actually had a pretty good system for making changes like that.  First, we would change
> the compiler to accept both the old and the new.   Then we would produce a warning
> that on a particular date the old would no longer work.  Then we made the old an error
> and printed a message about how to fix it.   Eventually, we just let it be a syntax error.
> This process was applied many times on the way from typeless B to strongly typed C.

Was there ever a time when a change was desired that you couldn’t accept both
the old and the new?


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