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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, backtraces, a
    4: decompiler and a powerful locals facility, and it even has a
    5: manual. Gforth combines traditional implementation techniques with
    6: newer techniques for portability and performance: its inner
    7: interpreter is direct threaded with several optimizations, but you can
    8: also use a traditional-style indirect threaded interpreter.  Gforth is
    9: distributed under the GNU General Public license (see COPYING).
   10: 
   11: Gforth runs under Unix, MS Windows, MacOS X, OS/2, and DOS and should
   12: not be hard to port to other systems supported by GCC. This version
   13: has been tested successfully on the following platforms:
   14: 
   15:  alpha-dec-osf4.0d
   16:  alpha-unknown-linux-gnu
   17:  alphapca56-unknown-linux-gnu
   18:  hppa1.1-unknown-linux-gnu
   19:  hppa2.0n-hp-hpux11.00
   20:  hppa2.0w-hp-hpux11.11
   21:  i386-unknown-freebsd5.1
   22:  i686-pc-cygwin
   23:  i686-pc-linux-gnu
   24:  mips-sgi-irix6.5
   25:  mipsel-pc-linux-gnu
   26:  powerpc-apple-darwin5.4
   27:  powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   28:  sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   29:  sparc-unknown-linux-gnu
   30: 
   31: Read INSTALL for installation instructions from source, or INSTALL.DOS
   32: for DOS, Windows, and OS/2 from source, or INSTALL.BINDIST if you have
   33: a binary package distributed as .tar.gz or .zip file.  If you received
   34: a self-installing executable, just run it and follow the instructions.
   35: 
   36: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   37: 
   38: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
   39: and its mirrors or at
   40: 
   41: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   42: or
   43: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   44: 
   45: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   46: popular platforms.
   47: 
   48: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   49: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   50: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   51: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   52: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   53: 
   54: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   55: 
   56: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   57:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   58: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   59: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   60: *.i	C include files
   61: *.ds	documenation source
   62: *TAGS	etags files
   63: 
   64: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   65: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   66: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   67: 
   68: Add-ons:
   69: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   70: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   71: 
   72: Utilities:
   73: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   74: 
   75: Games:
   76: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   77: 
   78: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   79: test/*.fs
   80: 
   81: Benchmarks:
   82: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   83: 
   84: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   85: compat/*.fs other.fs
   86: 
   87: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   88: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   89: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.org.  To subscribe, send a mail to
   90: gforth-subscribe@chaossolutions.org@ChaosSolutions.org with:
   91: 
   92: subscribe GForth
   93: 
   94: as the first and only line within the message body.  Submit bug
   95: reports through
   96: 
   97: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=addbug&group=gforth
   98: 
   99: (whether you post them or not).
  100: 
  101: - anton
  102: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
  103: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html
  104: -----
  105: Copyright (C) 1995,1996,1997,1998,2000,2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
  106: 
  107: This file is part of Gforth.
  108: 
  109: Gforth is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
  110: modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
  111: as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
  112: of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
  113: 
  114: This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  115: but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  116: MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.#See the
  117: GNU General Public License for more details.
  118: 
  119: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  120: along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
  121: Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111, USA.

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