FAQ 7.1 Can I get a BNF/yacc/RE for the Perl language?

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7.1: Can I get a BNF/yacc/RE for the Perl language?

    There is no BNF, but you can paw your way through the yacc grammar in
    perly.y in the source distribution if you're particularly brave. The
    grammar relies on very smart tokenizing code, so be prepared to venture
    into toke.c as well.

    In the words of Chaim Frenkel: "Perl's grammar can not be reduced to
    BNF. The work of parsing perl is distributed between yacc, the lexer,
    smoke and mirrors."


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