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To: Maurice Petrie <mpetrie@infoscigroup.com>
Subject: Re: Lost flex .l file
In-reply-to: Your message of Mon, 02 Feb 1998 14:10:01 PST.
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 1998 11:15:12 PST
From: Vern Paxson <vern>

> I am curious as to
> whether there is a simple way to backtrack from the generated source to
> reproduce the lost list of tokens we are searching on.

In theory, it's straight-forward to go from the DFA representation
back to a regular-expression representation - the two are isomorphic.
In practice, a huge headache, because you have to unpack all the tables
back into a single DFA representation, and then write a program to munch
on that and translate it into an RE.

Sorry for the less-than-happy news ...

		Vern

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