1: This snapshot has been tested quite well for portability. The main
2: thing missing before the release is an update to the documentation.
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).
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:
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).
33: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
34: and its mirrors or at
40: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
41: popular platforms.
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.
49: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
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
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:
64: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
65: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
68: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
71: tt.fs sokoban.fs
73: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
77: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
79: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
80: compat/*.fs other.fs
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: firstname.lastname@example.org@ChaosSolutions.org with:
87: subscribe GForth
89: as the first and only line within the message body. Submit bug
90: reports through
94: (whether you post them or not).
96: - anton
100: Copyright (C) 1995,1996,1997,1998,2000,2003 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
102: This file is part of Gforth.
104: Gforth is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
105: modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
106: as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2
107: of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
109: This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
110: but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
111: MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.#See the
112: GNU General Public License for more details.
114: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
115: along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software
116: Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111, USA.