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NAME

       dealer.dpp - preprocessor for dealer scripts

SYNOPSIS

       dealer.dpp [inputfile]

DESCRIPTION

       dealer.dpp stands for dealer-pre-processor. Its main purpose it to preprocess input files
       for Hans van Staveren's great dealer program.

SYNTAX

       The program expands shape specifications of the form:

           shape{COMPASS, shp1 + shp2 + ... + shpM - shm1 - ... - shmN}

   regular shapes
       7xxx, 4432, 4xx5 have the same meaning as in original dealer.

   the `at least' operator
       whenever you put a `+' after a suit-length, it means `at least'.

           shape{north, 5+xx5+}: at least 5/5 in the blacks,
        -->shape(north,5xx5 + 5xx6 + 6xx5 + 5xx7 + 6xx6 + 7xx5 + 5008 + 6007
                       + 7006 + 8005)

   the `at most' operator:
       same as the `at least', just use a `-':

           shape{north, 2-xxx}: at most 2 spades,
        -->shape(north,0xxx + 1xxx + 2xxx)

   the `range' operator:
       the range operator operates on a single suit. It comes with [], like in Perl.

           shape{north, x[3-5]x[13]}: (3 to 5) hearts, and one or 3 clubs
        -->shape(north,x3x1 + x4x1 + x3x3 + x5x1 + x4x3 + x5x3)

       Note that shape{north, 3-xxx} is equivalent to shape{north,[0-3]xxx} You can write
       compound ranges if you want:

           shape{north, [013-68]xxx} means: 0,1,3,4,5,6 or 8 spades.

   the `permutation' operator:
       the permutation operator will appears as () like in the WBF rules of specifying shapes.

           shape{north, (4432)}: any 4432 hand.
        -->shape(north,any 4432)

       what's best is that the () operator can operate on restricted groups of cards:

           shape{north, 5s(431)}: 5 spades, the others suits being (431).
        -->shape(north,5134 + 5314 + 5143 + 5341 + 5413 + 5431)

       What you have to do is:

       ·   specify the suit names (s,h,d,c in english) in the left part of the shape, in any
           order,

       ·   and enclose the rest of the permutation into () in the right part.

       A (complicated) example:

           shape{north, 4+c3+d(2+2+)}: at least 5 clubs, at least 3 diamonds,
                                      and no short major.
        -->shape(north,3334 + 4234 + 2434 + 3244 + 2344 + 2254 + 3235 + 2335 + 2245 + 2236)

   the `Major' operator:
       has to be used together with the () operator. `M' stands for `a major' The `M' operator
       can only be used in the left part (never put a M inside the parens)

           shape{north, 5M(xxx)}
        -->shape(north,x5xx + 5xxx)

           shape{north, 5+M3+c(31)}
        -->shape(north,1534 + 3514 + 1633 + 3613 + 5134 + 5314 + 6133 + 6313)

   the `minor' operator:
       same as the `Major' operator, but in lowercase `m'.

           shape{north, 5M5m(xx)}
        -->shape(north,x5x5 + 5xx5 + x55x + 5x5x)

   the `conditional' operator:
       you've got the possibility of specifying complex conditions to be verified that cannot be
       simply expressed by other operators. In order  to do that, you use the `:' operator, just
       after the atomic-shape specification:

           shape{north, shp1:condition1,condition2,...}

       The conditions use the letters (s,h,d,c) as variables for the suit lengths, and the usual
       C-operators (*,+,-,/,>,<,==,!,?, and so on).  Note that the `,' stands for the
       `and-logical' operator. You can use `or' for the `or-logical' operator.

           shape{north, 4+s4+h(xx):d>c,h+s==10}
        -->shape(north,6421 + 6430 + 5521 + 5530 + 4621 + 4630)

EXAMPLES

       a balanced hand
            (3+3+3+2+)

       a french 1H opening
            x5+xx:h>s,h>=d,h>=c

       my No_trump opening
            hn = hcp(north)
            n1NT = (hn > 14 and hn < 18 and shape{north, 5m(332) + 5m2s(42)} )
                or (hn > 13 and hn < 17 and shape{north, 6m(322)}            )
                or (hn > 15 and hn < 18 and shape{north, 5M(332)}            )
                or (hn > 15 and hn < 19 and shape{north, (4432) + (4333)}    )

SEE ALSO

       dealer(6), /usr/share/doc/dealer/Manual.

AUTHORS

       Francois Dellacherie
       Manpage: Christoph Berg <cb@df7cb.de>

LICENSE

       This program is hereby put in the public domain. Do with it whatever you want, but I would
       like you not to redistribute it in modified form without mentioning the fact of
       modification. I will accept bug reports and modification requests, without any obligation
       of course, but fixing bugs someone else put in is beyond me.