6.29. Bison-2.6.2

The Bison package contains a parser generator.

Approximate build time: 1.3 SBU
Required disk space: 34 MB

6.29.1. Installation of Bison

Prepare Bison for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

The configure system causes Bison to be built without support for internationalization of error messages if a bison program is not already in $PATH. The following addition will correct this:

echo '#define YYENABLE_NLS 1' >> lib/config.h

Compile the package:


To test the results (about 0.5 SBU), issue:

make check

Install the package:

make install

6.29.2. Contents of Bison

Installed programs: bison and yacc
Installed library: liby.a
Installed directory: /usr/share/bison

Short Descriptions


Generates, from a series of rules, a program for analyzing the structure of text files; Bison is a replacement for Yacc (Yet Another Compiler Compiler)


A wrapper for bison, meant for programs that still call yacc instead of bison; it calls bison with the -y option


The Yacc library containing implementations of Yacc-compatible yyerror and main functions; this library is normally not very useful, but POSIX requires it