[antlr-interest] lexical question

Jim Idle jimi at temporal-wave.com
Tue May 29 19:42:10 PDT 2012

See the FAQ in the Wiki on lexing . .. … 4.5 and so on.

Backtracking won’t help the lexer and you should not use backtracking
unless forced to (there are some good reasons for it). Remember also that
the parser does not influence the lexer.

If this is all you want though, then:

fragment ELLIPSIS :;

DOT : '.'

     (   ('..')=> '.. ' { $type  = ELLIPSIS; }






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From: antlr-interest-bounces at antlr.org [mailto:
antlr-interest-bounces at antlr.org] On Behalf Of Stephen Siegel
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 8:24 AM
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Subject: [antlr-interest] lexical question

Consider the following grammar:


grammar dots;

r              :               (DOT | ELLIPSIS)*;

DOT       :               '.';

ELLIPSIS:              '...';


When given input "..", ANTLR says "expecting '.' but saw 'EOF'".

What I would like it to see is two DOTs.

What would be the "right" way to fix the problem?  Backtrack=true?



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