File:  [gforth] / gforth / INSTALL.DOS
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Mon Dec 11 13:15:18 1995 UTC (28 years ago) by pazsan
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CVS tags: gforth-0_1beta, HEAD
make DOS compile fool-proof (almost ;-)
Use autoconf macro to select GCC and abort if not available.

    1: You need DJ Delorie's port of GCC to DOS (DJGPP) to compile Gforth. DJGPP
    2: provides a DOS extender (GO32) that allows to use the 32-bit features of
    3: the 80386, but on the other hand it requires at least an 386.
    5: Gforth hasn't been tested with EMX, using EMX will require some changes in
    6: the console IO part. If you don't want to install this package (quite
    7: large), look for a binary distribution of Gforth for DOS. You must have a
    8: version of GNU make, because DOS make programs are likely to have problems
    9: with the Makefile. If you want to change Gforth, you may need GNU m4, too.
   11: If you don't bother and want to make it yourself, type
   13: configure
   15: There are no options for configure, because DOS can't execute a real
   16: configure script, all the configuring stuff is done on a real operating
   17: system. If you want to change something (e.g. use FORCE_REG or
   18: DIRECT_THREADED), you have to change the makefile yourself. Be careful! DOS
   19: command line arguments are limited to an overall size of 126 bytes, so
   20: adding a new define in the makefile will make it too long. In this case add
   21: the define at the beginning of machine.h instead, or create a file
   22: containing all extra options, and add @<filename> to the defines (move the
   23: -DDEFAULTPATH-define into this file, and it will fit into the command line).
   25: After covering all inconveniences, type
   27: make gforth
   29: and after this finishes, type
   31: make
   33: We apologize for the inconveniences, we did not invent the 640k limit
   34: that prevents doing make straight forward. You may run out of memory
   35: anyway, because GCC eats up lots of it while compiling engine.c. Keep
   36: enough space free on your harddisk to allow GCC to swap.
   38: If you want to add some defines like -DFORCE_REG, type
   40: make gforth XDEFINES=-DFORCE_REG
   42: instead.
   44: Now you can check whether your shiny new Forth system works. Say
   46: make test
   48: You can run some benchmarks with
   50: make bench
   52: and compare them with the results in Benchres and in the manual.
   54: Don't try to do "make install", it won't work, either. It is not possible to
   55: "make dist" or "make bindist", too, because of the limitations of DOS
   56: command lines.
   58: Add the following entry to your Autoexec.bat:
   60: SET GFORTHPATH=<your gforth source directory>:.
   62: Use / instead of \ in your gforth source directory.  Another problem
   63: is, that Gforth uses : as path separator, and DOS pathes may look like
   64: D:/gforth.  Sorry, there is no workaround for this now.
   66: For paper documentation, print (a Postscript file (300dpi
   67: fonts, i.e., it works, but does not produce best quality on better
   68: printers)), or say
   70: make gforth.dvi
   72: and print the resulting file gforth.dvi (you need TeX for that! But
   73: with TeX you can print it even if you don't have a Postscript printer
   74: nor Ghostscript).  You could be able to make a html version of the
   75: document, but AFAIK there is no texi2html for DOS available, as there
   76: is no perl available.

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