Starting version 8.9.03, BMC Server Automation is renamed to TrueSight Server Automation. This space contains information about BMC Server Automation 8.9.02 and previous versions. For TrueSight Server Automation 8.9.03 and later releases, see TrueSight Server Automation 8.9.

Recommendations when writing a grammar

To avoid common mistakes when writing a grammar to interpret a configuration file, use the following recommendations:

  • Values and keys must include delimiters. For example, if you are parsing /etc/group with the format A:B:Con each line, any token representing A, B, or C must not include a colon. The following are examples:


    Following delimiters are supported for custom configuration files:

    • Comma (,)

    • Space

    • Equal (=)

    • Colon (:)

  • If rule A references rule B, rule B must be defined before rule A. For example, the following syntax is incorrect:


    In this example, RULE_B is using RULE_A, but RULE_A is not yet defined. If the two lines were inverted, this example would be correct.

    A rule can always reference itself.

  • You cannot save a child record to a parent that does not yet exist. If you are attempting to create a hierarchy from one line in a configuration file, you must save the parent record before you can save any child records.
  • Do not reference an item in a rule that does not exist. Doing so can cause serious problems. For example, the following rule references the fourth argument in the rule by calling $3, but the rule only has three arguments. This is incorrect.

    RULE_A VALA VALB VALC $new_field $3
  • For changes to a grammar file to take effect, you must:
    • Restart the Application Server
    • Recreate any BLPackages that reference this grammar
    • In multi-Application Server environments, load the revised grammar file to the file server
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