Pikchr

How To Compile Pikchr
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Overview

pikchr.y lemon.c lempar.y C-Compiler  generates lemon Pikchr source  code input   parser template  resource file pikchr.c C-Compiler pikchr.o or pikchr.exe Canonical Source code Preprocessed C-code also in-tree
            filewid *= 1.2
  Src:      file "pikchr.y"; move
  LemonSrc: file "lemon.c"; move
  Lempar:   file "lempar.y"; move
            arrow down from LemonSrc.s
  CC1:      oval "C-Compiler" ht 50%
            arrow " generates" ljust above
  Lemon:    oval "lemon" ht 50%
            arrow from Src chop down until even with CC1 \
              then to Lemon.nw rad 10px
            "Pikchr source " rjust "code input " rjust \
              at 2nd vertex of previous
            arrow from Lempar chop down until even with CC1 \
              then to Lemon.ne rad 10px
            " parser template" ljust " resource file" ljust \
              at 2nd vertex of previous
  PikSrc:   file "pikchr.c" with .n at lineht below Lemon.s
            arrow from Lemon to PikSrc chop
            arrow down from PikSrc.s
  CC2:      oval "C-Compiler" ht 50%
            arrow
  Out:      file "pikchr.o" "or" "pikchr.exe" wid 110%
            spline <- from 1mm west of Src.w go 60% heading 250 \
               then go 40% heading 45 then go 60% heading 250 \
               thin color gray
            box invis "Canonical" ljust small "Source code" ljust small fit \
               with .e at end of last spline width 90%
            spline <- from 1mm west of PikSrc.w go 60% heading 250 \
               then go 40% heading 45 then go 60% heading 250 \
               thin color gray
            box invis "Preprocessed" ljust small \
              "C-code" ljust small "also in-tree" ljust small fit \
               with .e at end of last spline width 90%

Details:

The source code for Pikchr is in the file named "pikchr.y". As the ".y" suffix implies, this file is a grammar specification intended as input to the yacc-like LALR(1) parser generator program "Lemon". Even though "pikchr.y" is technically a Lemon grammar file, it consists of mostly C-code and only 6% grammar.

Running the command:

   lemon pikchr.y

Generates "pikchr.c" as an output file. (Lemon generates a couple of other output files that can be ignored for this project.) The "pikchr.c" file is pure C code ready to be compiled into the final application. It can be compiled by itself with the "-DPIKCHR_SHELL" command-line option to generate a standalone program that reads Pikchr scripts and emits HTML with embedded SVG. Or it can be integrated into a larger application which invokes the "pikchr()" C-API to do conversions from Pikchr to SVG.

As the Lemon tool is not widely deployed, its sources for Lemon are included in the Pikchr source tree for convenience. Compile the "lemon.c" source program into an executable using any ordinary C-compiler.

When the lemon executable runs, it looks for the "lempar.c" template in the working directory. The "lempar.c" template is also included in the Pikchr source repository for convenience.

Preprocessed Sources Available For Download.

As a convenience to integrators, the pre-processed "pikchr.c" C-code file is normally checked into the Pikchr source tree. Hence, to build Pikchr into another system, just grab a copy of that one file and add it to the project.