You need gcc version 2.0 or later to compile gforth.
configure has the following useful parameters:
--prefix=PREFIX install architecture-independent files in PREFIX
--exec-prefix=PREFIX install architecture-dependent files in PREFIX
[default: same as prefix]
--enable-force-reg Use explicit register declarations if they appear in
the machine.h file. This can cause a good speedup,
but also incorrect code with some gcc versions on
some processors (default disabled).
--enable-direct-threaded Force direct threading. This may not work on
some machines and may cause slowdown on others.
--enable-indirect-threaded Force indirect threading. This can cause a
slowdown on some machines.
--with-debug specifies option -g to compile with debug info (default)
--without-debug omits the -g switch and creates smaller images on
machines where strip has problems with gcc style
--help: tells you about other parameters.
If you don't like the defaults for the installation directories, you
should override them already during configure. E.g., if you want to
install in the /gnu hierarchy instead of in the default /usr/local
After, configuration, type
If your make has trouble with the Makefile, "make gforth" might work.
If your installed gcc isn't called "gcc" (e.g., called "gcc-2.6.1"), type
make GCC=<whatever you call your gcc>
Now you can check whether your shiny new Forth system works. Say
To make the documentation, type
make -k gforth.info gforth.ps html
If everything is allright, you may want to install gforth. Type
You have to make an entry in the info directory file manually. Also,
you have to install gforth.ps and html yourself.