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parsing – android ANTLR make not working properly

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I am trying to use ANTLR on Android, and I found this:
ANTLR and Android

After downloading the AntlrJavaRuntime I am not sure of what to do, I am supposed to make this:

1. lunch the appropriate target
2. make AntlrJavaRuntime
3. verify that AntlrJavaRuntime.xml was placed in /system/etc/permissions and 
4. AntlrJavaRuntime.jar was placed in /system/framework
5. after this, you can run a normal make

First of all, what does step 1 even means?

Secondly, when I try doing: make AntlrJavaRuntime I get the following error:

~/AntlrJavaRuntime$ make AntlrJavaRuntime
make: Nothing to be done for `AntlrJavaRuntime'.

It’s very hard to find documentation about this, so any help is really appreciated (or a clear example of how to get ANTLR ready for an Android project).

How to&Answers:

Well, I just did a little test with a “plain” ANTLR version, and everything went just fine.

Here’s what I did:

1 new Android project

Create a new project called AndAbac (Android-Abacus) with a package named bk.andabac and an activity called AndAbac.

2 create a grammar

Create a grammar file called Exp.g (explanation here) anywhere on your system and paste the following in it:

grammar Exp;

@parser::header {
  package bk.andabac;

@lexer::header {
  package bk.andabac;

eval returns [double value]
 : exp=additionExp {$value = $exp.value;}

additionExp returns [double value]
 : m1=multiplyExp       {$value =  $m1.value;} 
   ( '+' m2=multiplyExp {$value += $m2.value;} 
   | '-' m2=multiplyExp {$value -= $m2.value;}

multiplyExp returns [double value]
 : a1=atomExp       {$value =  $a1.value;}
   ( '*' a2=atomExp {$value *= $a2.value;} 
   | '/' a2=atomExp {$value /= $a2.value;}

atomExp returns [double value]
 : n=Number                {$value = Double.parseDouble($n.text);}
 | '(' exp=additionExp ')' {$value = $exp.value;}

 : ('0'..'9')+ ('.' ('0'..'9')+)?

 : (' ' | '\t' | '\r'| '\n') {$channel=HIDDEN;}

3 download ANTLR & generate lexer/parser

Download ANTLR here: http://www.antlr3.org/download/antlr-3.3-complete.jar and put it in the same directory as your Exp.g file. Generate a lexer and parser (explanation here) and copy the generated .java files to the following folder in your Android project: src/bk/andabac. Also put this ANTLR jar to the classpath of your Android project.

4 change some project files

Paste the following in res/layout/main.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
        android:text="5 * (8 + 2)"
        android:text="eval" />

and the following in src/bk/andabac/AndAbac.java:

package bk.andabac;

import android.app.Activity;
import android.os.Bundle;
import android.view.View;
import android.widget.Button;
import android.widget.EditText;
import android.widget.TextView;
import org.antlr.runtime.ANTLRStringStream;
import org.antlr.runtime.CommonTokenStream;
import org.antlr.runtime.RecognitionException;

public class AndAbac extends Activity {

    public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {



        final Button button = (Button)findViewById(R.id.parse_button);

        button.setOnClickListener(new View.OnClickListener() {
            public void onClick(View v) {

                EditText in = (EditText)findViewById(R.id.input_text);
                TextView out = (TextView)findViewById(R.id.output_text);

                String source = in.getText().toString();
                ExpLexer lexer = new ExpLexer(new ANTLRStringStream(source));
                ExpParser parser = new ExpParser(new CommonTokenStream(lexer));

                try {
                    out.setText(source + " = " + parser.eval());
                catch (RecognitionException e) {
                    out.setText("Oops: " + e.getMessage());

5 test the app

Either run the project in an emulator, or create an APK file and install this on an Android device (I tested both, and both worked). You will see the following after pressing the eval button:

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This answer maybe a little late, but anyway…

I am the author for the Antlr Port. Those sources are meant to be used within the android source code. however, just including the sources into your andriod project should solve your problem.

I should have mentioned that the building instructions are only when adding Antlr to the Android OS source code.