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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, 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: checking host system type... alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   14: checking host system type... alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnu
   15: checking host system type... hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   16: checking host system type... i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1
   17: checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
   18: checking host system type... mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   19: checking host system type... mips-sgi-irix6.2
   20: checking host system type... powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   21: checking host system type... sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   22: checking host system type... sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   23: 
   24: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
   25: Windows 95, and OS/2. Mail bug-gforth@gnu.org if you have problems.
   26: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   27: 
   28: You can find new versions of Gforth at prep.ai.mit.edu and its mirrors
   29: or at
   30: 
   31: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   32: or
   33: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   34: 
   35: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   36: popular platforms.
   37: 
   38: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   39: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   40: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   41: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   42: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   43: 
   44: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   45: 
   46: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   47:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   48: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   49: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   50: *.i	C include files
   51: *.ds	documenation source
   52: *TAGS	etags files
   53: 
   54: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   55: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   56: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   57: 
   58: Add-ons:
   59: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   60: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   61: 
   62: Utilities:
   63: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   64: 
   65: Games:
   66: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   67: 
   68: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   69: test/*.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: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   78: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   79: mailing list: 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.  Send bug reports
   85: to bug-gforth@gnu.ai.mit.edu (whether you post them or not).
   86: 
   87: 
   88: - anton
   89: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   90: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html

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