John Calcote <john.calc...@gmail.com> writes: > Hi Matthias, > > If you have any suggestions on documents I can read or software I can check >> to >> prepare for this project I'll be glad to check them. I know texinfo is >> written >> in Perl and generates an AST so I'll check that. >> > > A Makefile.am file is really just a Makefile with embellishments. It seems > like your ast would have to incorporate most of make’s syntax to work > correctly. > > The reason Perl was chosen to begin with is because of its great text > processing capabilities as, ultimately, all automake really does is copy > the file directly to the output Makefile.in file, filtering out automake > stuff along the way and injecting make snippets generated from the automake > constructs. > > This may not appear obvious at first because many simpler Makefile.am files > contain only automake stuff. But anything found in the Makefile.am file > that automake doesn’t recognize is assumed to be proper make script and > copied directly to the output file. > > I suggest making your ast handle non automake chunks as a specific token > type designed to be passed through without modifications.
I agree that using a coarse grained AST is a good first approach. Exploration and evaluation of a finer grained approach later during this GSoC could be interesting too. Thanks for your input. -- Mathieu Lirzin GPG: F2A3 8D7E EB2B 6640 5761 070D 0ADE E100 9460 4D37