Can I fake multi-byte character support?
Subject: Re: flex - multi-byte support?
In-reply-to: Your message of Thu, 03 Oct 1996 17:24:04 PDT.
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 1996 11:42:18 PDT
From: Vern Paxson <vern>
> I assume as long as my *.l file defines the
> range of expected character code values (in octal format), flex will
> scan the file and read multi-byte characters correctly. But I have no
> confidence in this assumption.
Your lack of confidence is justified - this won't work.
Flex has in it a widespread assumption that the input is processed
one byte at a time. Fixing this is on the to-do list, but is involved,
so it won't happen any time soon. In the interim, the best I can suggest
(unless you want to try fixing it yourself) is to write your rules in
terms of pairs of bytes, using definitions in the first section:
etc. Definitely a pain - sorry about that.
By the way, the email address you used for me is ancient, indicating you
have a very old version of flex. You can get the most recent, 2.5.4, from