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To: Adoram Rogel <adoram@hybridge.com>
Subject: Re: More than 32K states change hangs
In-reply-to: Your message of Tue, 04 Aug 1998 16:55:39 PDT.
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 22:28:45 PDT
From: Vern Paxson <vern>

> Vern Paxson,
>
> I followed your advice, posted on Usenet bu you, and emailed to me
> personally by you, on how to overcome the 32K states limit. I'm running
> on Linux machines.
> I took the full source of version 2.5.4 and did the following changes in
> flexdef.h:
> #define JAMSTATE -327660
> #define MAXIMUM_MNS 319990
> #define BAD_SUBSCRIPT -327670
> #define MAX_SHORT 327000
>
> and compiled.
> All looked fine, including check and bigcheck, so I installed.

Hmmm, you shouldn't increase MAX_SHORT, though looking through my email
archives I see that I did indeed recommend doing so.  Try setting it back
to 32700; that should suffice that you no longer need -Ca.  If it still
hangs, then the interesting question is - where?

> Compiling the same hanged program with a out-of-the-box (RedHat 4.2
> distribution of Linux)
> flex 2.5.4 binary works.

Since Linux comes with source code, you should diff it against what
you have to see what problems they missed.

> Should I always compile with the -Ca option now ? even short and simple
> filters ?

No, definitely not.  It's meant to be for those situations where you
absolutely must squeeze every last cycle out of your scanner.

		Vern

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