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Wed Dec 23 23:59:21 1998 UTC (24 years, 11 months ago) by anton
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fixed a few small problems (mainly with bindist)

    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 the
   11: following platforms:
   12: i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1 (libc5)
   13: i686-pc-linux-gnu (libc6)
   14: alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnulibc1
   15: alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   16: mips-sgi-irix6.2
   17: mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   18: sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   19: sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   20: powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   21: hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   23: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS, Windows
   24: 95, and OS/2. Mail if you have problems.  To start
   25: the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   27: You can find new versions of Gforth at and its mirrors
   28: or at
   31: or
   34: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   35: popular platforms.
   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.
   43: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   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
   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:
   57: Add-ons:
   58: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   59: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs
   61: Utilities:
   62: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   64: Games:
   65: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   67: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   68: test/*.fs
   70: Benchmarks:
   71: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   73: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   74: compat/*.fs other.fs
   76: There's a mailing list for things around Gforth that aren't bugs
   77: (suggestions, discussions, etc.). To post, send your mail to
   78: To subscribe, send a mail to
   79: with:
   81: subscribe GForth
   83: as the first and only line within the message body.
   86: - anton

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