This directory implements an approximate heuristic parser for C++, based on the clang lexer, the C++ grammar, and the GLR parsing algorithm.
It parses a file in isolation, without reading its included headers. The result is a strict syntactic tree whose structure follows the C++ grammar. There is no semantic analysis, apart from guesses to disambiguate the parse. Disambiguation can optionally be guided by an AST or a symbol index.
Dependencies are limited because they don't make sense, but also to avoid placing a burden on clang mantainers.
The pseudoparser reuses the clang lexer (clangLex and clangBasic libraries) but not the higher-level libraries (Parse, Sema, AST, Frontend...).
When the pseudoparser should be used together with an AST (e.g. to guide disambiguation), this is a separate “bridge” library that depends on both.
Clang does not depend on the pseudoparser at all. If this seems useful in future it should be discussed by RFC.
The pseudoparser aims to understand real-world code, and particularly the languages and extensions supported by Clang.
However we don‘t try to keep these in lockstep: there’s no expectation that Clang parser changes are accompanied by pseudoparser changes or vice versa.