Reset and Change of Input Source

TODO: Mention that ownership of objects are passed to the lexer.

Thus, passing a FILE handle twice will cause an error, e.g.

FILE* fh = open(“file.txt”, “rb”);

Lexer lex(fh); ...


will cause an error! In the aforementioned case it is sufficient to call


to achieve the desired effect.

TODO: mention ‘reset { ... }’ section to define reset extensions
after all reset has been done.

In many practical applications the source of input is changed in the form of included files that are ‘pasted’ at the point where the according statement occurs. The handling of this scenerio was mentioned in section Include Stack. In this section a more liberal approach is described where the input source can be switched without keeping track of previous content. This is done by the reset() function group which has the following signatures

template <class InputHandleT> void
reset(InputHandleT*   input_handle,
      const char*     CharacterEncodingName = 0x0);

reset_buffer(QUEX_TYPE_ANALYZER*  me,
             QUEX_TYPE_CHARACTER* BufferMemoryBegin,
             size_t               BufferMemorySize,
             QUEX_TYPE_CHARACTER* BufferEndOfContentP,
             const char*          CharacterEncodingName = 0x0);

The first argument is an input handle of the user’s like, i.e. either a FILE*, istream*, or wistream* pointer, or a pointer to a derived class’ object. The second argument is character encoding name which is used for the input. If the same converter is used, the CharacterEncodingName must be set to zero. If the analyzer works only on plain memory, the following reset function may be used

void  reset(const char* CharacterEncodingName = 0x0);

which allows to specify a character encoding name, but the input stream is not specified.

The reset function clears and resets all components of the lexical analyzer as they are:

  1. The core analyzer including buffer management and buffer fill management. The buffer memory remains intact, but is cleaned. When reset(...) is called an initial load to fill the buffer is accomplished. Thus, the input handle must be placed at the point where the lexical analyzer is supposed to start.
  2. The current mode is reset to the start mode and the mode stack is cleared.
  3. The include stack is cleared and all mementos are deleted.
  4. The accumulator is cleared.
  5. The line and column number counter is reset.
  6. All entries of the post categorizer dictionary are deleted.


The byte order reversion flag is not set to false. It remains as it was before the reset.


The reset buffer function allows to (re-)start lexical analysis on a user provided buffer. It does basically the same as the reset function. However, it distinguishes two cases as indicated by its return value:

== 0x0

If reset_buffer returns 0x0, then there was no user provided buffer and nothing further is to be done with respect to memory management.

!= 0x0

If the return value is non-zero, then there was a buffer memory which as previouly been provided by the user. The return value points to the beginning of the old memory chunk. The engine itselft does not de-allocate the memory. It is the task of the user.

If the function reset_buffer is called with zero as the first argument BufferMemoryBegin, then no memory is initialized. However, the current memory pointer is returned if it was provided by the user. Otherwise, as described above, zero is returned. This is helpful at the end of the analysis in order to de-allocate any memory that is still contained inside the analyzer. An application of reset_buffer can be observed in file re-point.cpp and re-point.c in the 010 subdirectory of the demos.