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    1: Gforth is a fast and portable implementation of the ANS Forth
    2: language. It works nicely with the Emacs editor, offers some nice
    3: features such as input completion and history and a powerful locals
    4: facility, and it even has (the beginnings of) a manual. Gforth employs
    5: traditional implementation techniques: its inner innerpreter is
    6: indirect or direct threaded.  Gforth is distributed under the GNU
    7: General Public license (see COPYING).
    8: 
    9: Gforth runs under Unix and DOS and should not be hard to port to other
   10: systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested successfully on the
   11: following platforms:
   12: i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1 (libc5)
   13: i686-pc-linux-gnu (libc6)
   14: alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnulibc1
   15: alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   16: mips-sgi-irix6.2
   17: mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   18: sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   19: sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   20: powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   21: hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   22: 
   23: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS, Windows
   24: 95, and OS/2. Mail bug-gforth@gnu.ai.mit.edu if you have problems.  To start
   25: the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   26: 
   27: You can find new versions of Gforth at prep.ai.mit.edu and its mirrors
   28: or at
   29: 
   30: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   31: or
   32: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   33: 
   34: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   35: popular platforms.
   36: 
   37: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   38: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   39: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   40: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   41: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   42: 
   43: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   44: 
   45: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   46:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   47: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   48: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   49: *.i	C include files
   50: *.ds	documenation source
   51: *TAGS	etags files
   52: 
   53: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   54: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   55: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   56: 
   57: Add-ons:
   58: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   59: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs
   60: 
   61: Utilities:
   62: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   63: 
   64: Games:
   65: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   66: 
   67: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   68: tester.fs coretest.fs postponetest.fs dbltest.fs
   69: checkans.fs wordsets.fs
   70: 
   71: Benchmarks:
   72: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   73: 
   74: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   75: compat/*.fs other.fs
   76: 
   77: There's a mailing list for things around Gforth that aren't bugs
   78: (suggestions, discussions, etc.). To post, send your mail to
   79: GForth@ChaosSolutions.com. To subscribe, send a mail to
   80: Mdaemon@ChaosSolutions.com with:
   81: 
   82: subscribe GForth
   83: 
   84: as the first and only line within the message body.
   85: 
   86: 
   87: - anton
   88: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   89: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html

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