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Fri Dec 27 12:32:52 2002 UTC (16 years, 11 months ago) by anton
Branches: MAIN
CVS tags: HEAD
replaced some automake macros with autoconf macros; related changes in
  autoconf variables (e.g., @VERSION@ -> @PACKAGE_VERSION@)
gforth-prof and gforth-native are now not built by default
modernized "Automatic Remaking" section of Makefile.in
Updated bug reporting instructions
Eliminated use of old bug reporting email address

    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:-).
    5: 
    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).
   13: 
   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:
   17: 
   18: i686-pc-linux-gnu
   19: 
   20: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
   21: Windows 95, and OS/2.  To start the system, just say `gforth' (after
   22: installing it).
   23: 
   24: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
   25: and its mirrors or at
   26: 
   27: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   28: or
   29: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   30: 
   31: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   32: popular platforms.
   33: 
   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.
   39: 
   40: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   41: 
   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
   49: 
   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:
   53: 
   54: Add-ons:
   55: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   56: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   57: 
   58: Utilities:
   59: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   60: 
   61: Games:
   62: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   63: 
   64: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   65: test/*.fs
   66: 
   67: Benchmarks:
   68: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   69: 
   70: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   71: compat/*.fs other.fs
   72: 
   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: gforth-subscribe@chaossolutions.org@ChaosSolutions.org with:
   77: 
   78: subscribe GForth
   79: 
   80: as the first and only line within the message body.  Submit bug
   81: reports through
   82: 
   83: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=addbug&group=gforth
   84: 
   85: (whether you post them or not).
   86: 
   87: - anton
   88: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   89: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html

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