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3.7.6 Suppressing Conflict Warnings

Bison normally warns if there are any conflicts in the grammar (see section Shift/Reduce Conflicts), but most real grammars have harmless shift/reduce conflicts which are resolved in a predictable way and would be difficult to eliminate. It is desirable to suppress the warning about these conflicts unless the number of conflicts changes. You can do this with the %expect declaration.

The declaration looks like this:

%expect n

Here n is a decimal integer. The declaration says there should be no warning if there are n shift/reduce conflicts and no reduce/reduce conflicts. An error, instead of the usual warning, is given if there are either more or fewer conflicts, or if there are any reduce/reduce conflicts.

In general, using %expect involves these steps:

Now Bison will stop annoying you about the conflicts you have checked, but it will warn you again if changes in the grammar result in additional conflicts.

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