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Tue Dec 10 18:03:42 1996 UTC (26 years, 6 months ago) by anton
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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 and a powerful locals
    4: facility, and it even has (the beginnings of) a manual. Gforth employs
    5: traditional implementation techniques: its inner innerpreter is
    6: indirect or direct threaded.  Gforth is distributed under the GNU
    7: General Public license (see COPYING).
    9: Gforth runs under Unix and DOS and should not be hard to port to other
   10: systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested successfully on
   11: the following platforms: i486-unknown-linuxaout, i586-unknown-linux,
   12: alpha-dec-osf3.2, mips-dec-ultrix4.3, sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4,
   13: sparc-unknown-netbsd1.2 (configured with ac_cv_sizeof_long_long=0, see
   14: INSTALL), hppa1.1-hp-hpux9.05, hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20, Windows 95 using
   15: DJGPP 2.0, and OS/2 3.0 using EMX 0.9c, the latter with manual help
   16: to finish compilation.
   18: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS and
   19: OS/2. Mail if you have problems.  To start
   20: the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   22: You can find new versions of Gforth at and its mirrors
   23: or at
   26: or
   29: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   30: popular platforms.
   32: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   33: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   34: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   35: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   36: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   38: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   40: *.fs	Forth stream source file
   41: *.fi	Forth image files
   42: *.fb	Forth blocks file
   43: *.i	C include files
   44: *.ds	documenation source
   45: *TAGS	etags files
   47: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   48: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   49: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   51: Add-ons:
   52: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   53: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs
   55: Utilities:
   56: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   58: Games:
   59: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   61: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   62: tester.fs coretest.fs postponetest.fs dbltest.fs
   63: checkans.fs wordsets.fs
   65: Benchmarks:
   66: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs sieve.fs
   68: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   69: compat/*.fs other.fs
   72: - anton

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