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Cpplib--the GNU C Preprocessor
The GNU C preprocessor in GCC 3.x has been completely rewritten. It
is now implemented as a library, "cpplib", so it can be easily shared
between a stand-alone preprocessor, and a preprocessor integrated with
the C, C++ and Objective-C front ends. It is also available for use by
other programs, though this is not recommended as its exposed interface
has not yet reached a point of reasonable stability.
The library has been written to be re-entrant, so that it can be used
to preprocess many files simultaneously if necessary. It has also been
written with the preprocessing token as the fundamental unit; the
preprocessor in previous versions of GCC would operate on text strings
as the fundamental unit.
This brief manual documents the internals of cpplib, and explains
some of the tricky issues. It is intended that, along with the
comments in the source code, a reasonably competent C programmer should
be able to figure out what the code is doing, and why things have been
implemented the way they have.
Created Mon Nov 8 17:42:12 2004 on tillpc with info_to_html version 0.9.6.