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Welcome to the ICCS 2001 release of pCG, version 0.1!
The name "pCG" is symbolic of a process operating upon a CG.
Go to http://www.adelaide.net.au/~dbenn/Masters/ for the context of this language which is the outcome of my coursework Masters thesis at the University of South Australia under the supervision of Dan Corbett.
Please send all comments and questions to me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
By reading this file, you've completed the most important step: unzipping the archive with a WinZip or zip utility.
The distribution comes with pre-built Java code (in the lib directory) and invocation scripts for Unix and Windows: pCG and pCG.bat respectively. Change the paths in the invocation script to match the place where you unzipped pCG to yield a cgp directory.
Optionally add the script to your path. On a Win95/98 machine, you can do this by adding to your c:\autoexec.bat file's exiting SET PATH command, or adding after this a command such as:
assuming you have unzipped the archive at the top-level of your C drive. On a Windows NT machine you or your administrator will have to add to the path via the System Control Panel.
Under Unix, the path setting procedure will vary depending upon the shell you're using. For csh and tcsh, add to the path line in your .cshrc file, while for bash (e.g. under Linux) add to the PATH line in a manner such as this:
For Windows machines, reboot so that the new path comes into effect. For Unix systems, source the .cshrc file or .bash_profile file (with the source and "." commands respectively).
Moreover, if you have more than one JDK/JRE installed on your system or the java executable is not on your path, you may wish to fully qualify the path to the java interpreter in the pCG Unix shell script or DOS batch file, e.g. in the pCG script, instead of:
java -classpath $ANTLR_HOME/antlr.jar:...
you could have:
/usr/local/jdk1.2.2/bin/java -classpath $ANTLR_HOME/antlr.jar:...
pCG requires Java 2, JDK/JRE 1.2.2. I make no guarantees about whether it will work with any other version of Java at this time.
pCG comes with the Java class libraries it requires in cgp/lib, specifically those for Antlr (2.7.0) and Notio (0.2.2).
pCG has been tested under Linux 2.2 (RedHat 6.0), Windows 98, and a few versions of Solaris/SunOS, but primarily the first two. Despite being Java software, I won't make any claims about whether pCG will run on other operating systems, but please let me know if you are using another OS apart from the ones listed, e.g. Mac.
pCG is a command-line interpreter but has no interactive mode. Edit a pCG file, say "foo.cgp", with your favourite text editor, make sure pCG (or pCG.bat if you're using Windows) is on your path or fully qualify its path, and run it:
Alternatively, you can add an interpreter invocation line to the top of the file (given a Unix-style shell), e.g. see cgp/examples/gfx/tree.cgp.
Harry Delugach's excellent CharGer CG editor is useful for viewing files in the examples directory with a ".cgf" or ".CGF" suffix.
To test pCG against the final CGTools workshop graph set, do the following from a shell or MS-DOS prompt on your system (using the appropriate path separator of course) where <root> is where you installed pCG:
o Change directory to <root>/cgp/examples/CGTools01
o Run pCG with final.cgp as the sole argument.
o Read that program's comments for more information.
o A minimal pCG program is also present in that directory, tiny.cgp, which opens a single file, reads a CG stream into a list, and prints each graph in it. Assuming pCG is on your path and the above directory is your working directory, you could type the following:
pCG tiny.cgp final/final_graphs_level1.cgf
o See the other program in that directory which relates to the basic graph set: basic-info.cgp
o Programs for a simple actor and Mineau's iterative factorial process have also been converted to make use of the new June 2001 compliant CG Standard CGIF parser.
Note that pCG program files have by convention, a ".cgp" suffix, while CGIF files end with ".cgf".
Note also that example programs have MS-DOS line termination character sequences so that they may be viewed under both Unix and Windows.
pCG allows you to specify whether to generate CGIF or LF output, as well as the kind of CGIF parser and CGIF generator. Look for "option cgifparser = ..." and "option cgifgen = ..." in example pCG programs, which specify the Java class to be used.
All graphs in code found in cgp/examples/CGTools01 are June 2001 CG Standard compliant with respect to CGIF. Example code elsewhere still uses the older CGIF version.
Also, some programs generate CGIF, LF, or a mixture, as output.
The file pCG.pdf is based upon a chapter from my thesis which describes pCG in some detail. References to other parts of the thesis should be ignored, or you can download the thesis from the aforementioned URL. Between this and the example programs, you should gain a good understanding of the language. I may add more information later. Please ignore any message you may see from Acrobat Reader regarding being unable to find the StarMath font (which comes with Sun's StarOffice). I will fix this at some stage, but there appears to be no impact with respect to reading the document.
The docs directory contains EBNF for pCG derived automatically from the ANTLR grammars (docs/CGPParser.html, AntlrCGIFParser.html). JavaDocs generated from the source code are also included (docs/index.html) and are definitive with respect to pCG's run-time type attributes and operations. See the source code (under cgp directory) for more non-JavaDoc comments.
pCG distribution is freely redistributable under the Gnu Public Licence. See gpl.html. See also the licensing directory under <root>/cgp/lib.
See the aforementioned web page for the current bug list. This software requires real testing by real users, i.e. people other than me who are going to try to apply it to their own problems.
If you're using pCG under Windows, you may see one or more errors such as "non-fatal JIT error" when running pCG programs. You can ignore this as there is no side effect that I've ever noticed. I have seen this error even from commercial Java programs.
o Only people who wish to extend or modify pCG need read this section.
o The Makefile has only been tested under RedHat Linux 6.0, but should work under all Unices, and may be adaptable to other platforms with the make utility.
o If the make process stops with an error re: AntlrCGIFParser, just type make again and all will be well. There must be a bug in my Makefile but I haven't had time to track this down.
o The symbolic links to cgp/*TokenTypes.txt is necessary for the CGPInterpreter class's importVocab directive which seems to look in the Makefile's directory rather than in the cgp directory for the tokens file. This looks like a bug in ANTLR since exportVocab writes to the cgp directory. Need to workaound this since not all OSes have symbolic links which would mean taking a copy of the tokens file. How to fix? => i) move Makefile to cgp directory?; ii) run make from cgp/cgp directory?
o Note that it should be possible to use $ANTLR_HOME/antlr.jar but a class
required by SemanticException.
toString() -- FileLineFormatter.class -- is
not contained within antlr.jar, but is contained in $ANTLR_HOME/antlr.
We get around this by calling SemanticException.
o Please note that the Revision Control System (RCS) has been used for version control, hence the RCS directories everywhere.
Terrence Parr's fantastic LL(k) parser generator tool, ANTLR, reduced the size of the code of pCG by several thousand lines, and made it easy for me to enforce a clean separation between the parser and the core interpreter.
Finnegan Southey's Notio Java API which embodies a significant part of the functionality laid out in the proposed CG ANSI Standard, helped me enormously in the implementation of pCG, particularly its CGIF parsing capability. In order to make this conform to the June 2001 CG Standard however, I wrote my own CGIF Parser, again, in ANTLR (see cgp/cgp/translators). Hopefully this can be added to the Notio distribution. This is specified in pCG programs via the directive: 'option cgifparser = "cgp.translators.CGIFParser";'.
Harry Delugach's CharGer CG editor has been a great help with actors and general non-trivial CG creation and visualisation.
Guy Mineau, of course, for presenting the process formalism at ICCS 1998.
Dan Corbett, for his enthusisasm and encouragement re: my thesis work.
My wife Karen, for all the coffee and hugs.
David Benn, Adelaide, July 2001