[Haskell-cafe] Module for parsing C (pre-processed header files only)?

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Wed Apr 16 12:44:54 EDT 2008

>    On Wed, Apr 16, 2008 at 4:01 PM, Don Stewart <[1]dons at galois.com> wrote:
>      magnus:
>      >    Is there such a beast out there?
>      >
>      >    If this were a list on some OO language I'd ask for something that
>      created
>      >    an AST and then offered an API based around a visitor pattern.
>      >
>      >    The pre-processor (platform specific most likely, but could be
>      cpphs of
>      >    course) would be run prior to the tool I'm considering writing.
>       After
>      >    that I only need access to declarations of C functions and
>      definitions of
>      >    types (structs, enums, other typedefs).
>      >
>      >    I had a quick look at the code in c2hs yesterday, but found it a
>      little
>      >    hard to make heads or tails of it without some guidance, so I
>      couldn't
>      >    tell whether it would be suitable.  Would it?
>      >
>      >    Any help or pointers appreciated.
>      I think the main option for parsing C now is the c2hs parser -- there's
>      a summer of code project to wrap it up as a suitable C manipulation,
>      printing and parsing library, so we should see a good standalone
>      solution in a few months.
>    Will it be delivered with good documentation? ;-)
>    This is /very/ interesting for me and my job (what I'm talking about above
>    is not for work though).  I would love to see something that would allow
>    me to spend more time using Haskell while being paid for it :-)

Exactly, its potentially a new leading project for Haskell, if we do a
good job here. An exciting niche waiting to be exploited.

-- Don

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