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Should [curr] Bison be 1.875a? (Was Re: grap and Bison 1.75 -> 1.875 -> 1.875a)

On Tue, 25 Feb 2003 fergus at bonhard dot uklinux dot net wrote:

> For information:
> The current version of grap is grap-1.27 (available at
> for
> those interested) and installs under Cygwin beautifully, that is apparently
> glitch-free and without any amendments, using configure/ make/ make install,
> when the [prev] version of bison (1.75) is implemented.
> The installation fails with the [curr] version of bison (1.875).
> The problem looks like one involving a simple missing semi-colon, but when
> this observation was put to them (more coherently than I could have managed,
> by Tony Dusoir) Bison kindly and informatively responded as follows:
> "Actually, the semicolon is supposed to be missing. This is valid syntax in
> GNU C for a label attribute, but g++ rejects it, due to what I assume is a
> compiler bug. We have worked around this problem in Bison test version
> 1.875a; please give it a try.  You can get it from:
> ."
> I tried this, blindly upgrading in Cygwin from Bison 1.75 to 1.875a by again
> simply using configure/ make/ make install (probably not at all the thing to
> do, in general). But, hey presto, this version has apparently installed over
> 1.75 without any murmurs of objection.
> And, finally, when tested, grap-1.27 installed successfully under
> bison-1.875a as it had under bison-1.75.
> Fergus

I've had the same problem building Cygwin setup with bison-1.875.
Looking at the ChangeLog between 1.875 and 1.875a
it does seem that using 1.875a will not exhibit this particular problem.
It doesn't look like another stable release will happen anytime soon...
Can the [curr] bison package be "upgraded" to 1.875a (leaving [prev] at
1.75) at some point?
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