Arcadiy Ivanov <arca...@gmail.com> writes: > Is there any interest and/or tips to allow a pluggable parser or at > least allow some syntactical pluggability by extensions?
There is a fair amount of discussion of this in the archives. The short answer is that bison can't do it, and "let's replace bison" is a proposal with a steep hill in front of it --- the pain-to-gain ratio is just not very favorable. Forty years ago, I worked on systems with extensible parsers at HP, wherein plug-in extensions could add clauses very similarly to what you suggest. Those designs worked, more or less, but they had a lot of deficiencies; the most fundamental problem being that any parsing inconsistencies would only appear through misbehavior at runtime, which you would only discover if you happened to test a case that behaved oddly *and* notice that it was not giving the result you expected. Bison is far from perfect on this angle, because %prec declarations can produce results you weren't expecting ... but it's at least one order of magnitude better than any extensible-parser solution I've ever seen. Usually bison will give you a shift/reduce error if you write something that has more than one possible interpretation. I'm interested in possible solutions to this problem, but it's far harder than it looks. regards, tom lane -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers