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    1: This snapshot has been tested quite well for portability.  The main
    2: thing missing before the release is an update to the documentation.
    3: 
    4: Gforth is a fast and portable implementation of the ANS Forth
    5: language. It works nicely with the Emacs editor, offers some nice
    6: features such as input completion and history and a powerful locals
    7: facility, and it even has a manual. Gforth employs traditional
    8: implementation techniques: its inner innerpreter is indirect or direct
    9: threaded.  Gforth is distributed under the GNU General Public license
   10: (see COPYING).
   11: 
   12: Gforth runs under Unix, Win95, OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to
   13: port to other systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested
   14: successfully on the following platforms:
   15: 
   16: alpha-dec-osf4.0d
   17: alpha-unknown-linux-gnu
   18: hppa1.1-unknown-linux-gnu
   19: hppa2.0w-hp-hpux11.11
   20: i386-unknown-freebsd4.7
   21: i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1
   22: i686-pc-linux-gnu
   23: mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   24: mipsel-pc-linux-gnu
   25: mips-sgi-irix6.5
   26: powerpc-apple-darwin5.4
   27: powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   28: 
   29: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
   30: Windows 95, and OS/2.  To start the system, just say `gforth' (after
   31: installing it).
   32: 
   33: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
   34: and its mirrors or at
   35: 
   36: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   37: or
   38: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   39: 
   40: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   41: popular platforms.
   42: 
   43: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   44: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   45: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   46: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   47: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   48: 
   49: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   50: 
   51: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   52:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   53: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   54: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   55: *.i	C include files
   56: *.ds	documenation source
   57: *TAGS	etags files
   58: 
   59: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   60: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   61: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   62: 
   63: Add-ons:
   64: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   65: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   66: 
   67: Utilities:
   68: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   69: 
   70: Games:
   71: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   72: 
   73: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   74: test/*.fs
   75: 
   76: Benchmarks:
   77: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   78: 
   79: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   80: compat/*.fs other.fs
   81: 
   82: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   83: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   84: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.org.  To subscribe, send a mail to
   85: gforth-subscribe@chaossolutions.org@ChaosSolutions.org with:
   86: 
   87: subscribe GForth
   88: 
   89: as the first and only line within the message body.  Submit bug
   90: reports through
   91: 
   92: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=addbug&group=gforth
   93: 
   94: (whether you post them or not).
   95: 
   96: - anton
   97: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   98: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html

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