compile_et -- error table compiler
Compile_et converts a table listing error-code names and associated messages
into a C source file suitable for use with the com_err(3) library.
The source file name must end with a suffix of ``.et''; the file consists
of a declaration supplying the name (up to four characters long) of the
followed by up to 256 entries of the form:
error_code name, "string"
and a final
to indicate the end of the table.
The name of the table is used to construct the name of a subroutine
initialize_XXXX_error_table which must be called in order for the
com_err(3) library to recognize the error table.
The various error codes defined are assigned sequentially increasing numbers
(starting with a large number computed as a hash function of the
name of the table); thus for compatibility it is suggested that new codes
be added only to the end of an existing table, and that no codes be
removed from tables.
The names defined in the table are placed into a C header file with preprocessor
directives defining them as integer constants of up to 32 bits
A C source file is also generated which should be compiled and linked
with the object files which reference these error codes; it contains the
text of the messages and the initialization subroutine. Both C files
have names derived from that of the original source file, with the
``.et'' suffix replaced by ``.c'' and ``.h''.
A ``#'' in the source file is treated as a comment character, and all
remaining text to the end of the source line will be ignored.
Since compile_et uses a very simple parser based on yacc(1), its error
recovery leaves much to be desired.
Ken Raeburn, A Common Error Description Library for UNIX.
FreeBSD 5.2.1 November 22, 1988 FreeBSD 5.2.1 [ Back ]