1: This snapshot is mainly intended as a Vmgen release. The Gforth part
2: has known bugs, and likely has portability problems (which Vmgen
3: inherits, of course) on anything but 386 and Alpha platforms. A
4: full-blown and portable release will be released Real Soon Now:-).
6: Gforth is a fast and portable implementation of the ANS Forth
7: language. It works nicely with the Emacs editor, offers some nice
8: features such as input completion and history and a powerful locals
9: facility, and it even has a manual. Gforth employs traditional
10: implementation techniques: its inner innerpreter is indirect or direct
11: threaded. Gforth is distributed under the GNU General Public license
12: (see COPYING).
14: Gforth runs under Unix, Win95, OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to
15: port to other systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested
16: successfully on the following platforms:
20: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
21: Windows 95, and OS/2. Mail email@example.com if you have problems.
22: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
24: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
25: and its mirrors or at
31: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
32: popular platforms.
34: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
35: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
36: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
37: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
38: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
40: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
42: *.fs Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
43: gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
44: *.fi Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
45: *.fb Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
46: *.i C include files
47: *.ds documenation source
48: *TAGS etags files
50: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
51: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
52: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
55: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
56: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
59: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
62: tt.fs sokoban.fs
64: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
68: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
70: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
71: compat/*.fs other.fs
73: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
74: comp.lang.forth. If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
75: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.org. To subscribe, send a mail to
76: firstname.lastname@example.org@ChaosSolutions.org with:
78: subscribe GForth
80: as the first and only line within the message body. Send bug reports
81: to email@example.com (whether you post them or not).
84: - anton