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Added darwin to the successfully tested systems

    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 GNU, BSD, and similar systems, MS Windows, MacOS X,
   12: OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to port to other systems
   13: supported by GCC. This version has been tested successfully on the
   14: following platforms:
   15: 
   16:   x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu
   17:   i386-apple-darwin9.4.0
   18:   x86_64-apple-darwin9.4.0
   19: 
   20: Read INSTALL for installation instructions from source, or INSTALL.DOS
   21: for DOS, Windows, and OS/2 from source, or INSTALL.BINDIST if you have
   22: a binary package distributed as .tar.gz or .zip file.  If you received
   23: a self-installing executable, just run it and follow the instructions.
   24: 
   25: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   26: 
   27: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
   28: and its mirrors or at
   29: 
   30: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/forth/gforth/
   31: or
   32: ftp://ftp.complang.tuwien.ac.at/pub/forth/gforth/
   33: 
   34: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   35: popular platforms.
   36: 
   37: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   38: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   39: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   40: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   41: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   42: 
   43: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   44: 
   45: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   46:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   47: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   48: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   49: *.i	C include files
   50: *.ds	documenation source
   51: *TAGS	etags files
   52: 
   53: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   54: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   55: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   56: 
   57: Add-ons:
   58: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   59: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   60: 
   61: Utilities:
   62: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   63: 
   64: Games:
   65: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   66: 
   67: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   68: test/*.fs
   69: 
   70: Benchmarks:
   71: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   72: 
   73: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   74: compat/*.fs other.fs
   75: 
   76: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   77: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   78: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.org.  To subscribe, send a mail to
   79: gforth-subscribe@chaossolutions.org with:
   80: 
   81: subscribe GForth
   82: 
   83: as the first and only line within the message body.  Submit bug
   84: reports through
   85: 
   86: https://savannah.gnu.org/bugs/?func=addbug&group=gforth
   87: 
   88: (whether you post them or not).
   89: 
   90: - anton
   91: anton@mips.complang.tuwien.ac.at
   92: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/anton/home.html
   93: -----
   94: Copyright (C) 1995,1996,1997,1998,2000,2003,2004,2006,2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   95: 
   96: This file is part of Gforth.
   97: 
   98: Gforth is free software; you can redistribute it and/or
   99: modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License
  100: as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3
  101: of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
  102: 
  103: This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
  104: but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
  105: MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.#See the
  106: GNU General Public License for more details.
  107: 
  108: You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
  109: along with this program. If not, see http://www.gnu.org/licenses/.

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