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Install process fixes for DOS and OS/2
EC primitive count fixed
EC relocate problem fixed

    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, Win95, OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to
   10: port to other systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested
   11: successfully on the following platforms:
   12: 
   13: i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1 (libc5)
   14: i586-pc-linux-gnulibc1 (libc5)
   15: i686-pc-linux-gnu (libc6)
   16: alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnulibc1
   17: alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   18: mips-sgi-irix6.2
   19: mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   20: sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   21: sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   22: powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   23: hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   24: i386-pc-cygwin32 (CygWin32 b18, Win95)
   25: i386-pc-djgpp (DGJPP 2.0, MS-DOS 7.0 under Win95)
   26: i386-pc-os2 (OS/2 3.0, EMX 0.9c)
   27: 
   28: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS, Windows
   29: 95, and OS/2. Mail bug-gforth@gnu.ai.mit.edu if you have problems.  To start
   30: the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   31: 
   32: You can find new versions of Gforth at prep.ai.mit.edu and its mirrors
   33: or at
   34: 
   35: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   36: or
   37: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   38: 
   39: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   40: popular platforms.
   41: 
   42: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   43: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   44: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   45: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   46: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   47: 
   48: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   49: 
   50: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   51:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   52: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   53: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   54: *.i	C include files
   55: *.ds	documenation source
   56: *TAGS	etags files
   57: 
   58: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   59: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   60: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   61: 
   62: Add-ons:
   63: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   64: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs
   65: 
   66: Utilities:
   67: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   68: 
   69: Games:
   70: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   71: 
   72: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   73: test/*.fs
   74: 
   75: Benchmarks:
   76: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   77: 
   78: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   79: compat/*.fs other.fs
   80: 
   81: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   82: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   83: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.com.  To subscribe, send a mail to
   84: Mdaemon@ChaosSolutions.com with:
   85: 
   86: subscribe GForth
   87: 
   88: as the first and only line within the message body.  Send bug reports
   89: to bug-gforth@gnu.ai.mit.edu (whether you post them or not).
   90: 
   91: 
   92: - anton
   93: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   94: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html

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