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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, Win95, OS/2, and DOS and should not be hard to
   10: port to other systems supported by GCC. This version has been tested
   11: successfully on the following platforms:
   13: i586-pc-linux-gnulibc1 (libc5)
   14: i686-pc-linux-gnu (libc6)
   15: alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnulibc1
   16: alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   17: mips-sgi-irix6.2
   18: mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   19: sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   20: sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   21: powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   22: hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   23: i386-pc-cygwin32 (CygWin32 b18, Win95)
   24: i386-pc-djgpp (DGJPP 2.0, MS-DOS 7.0 under Win95)
   25: i386-pc-os2 (OS/2 3.0, EMX 0.9c)
   27: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS, Windows
   28: 95, and OS/2. Mail if you have problems.  To start
   29: the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   31: You can find new versions of Gforth at and its mirrors
   32: or at
   35: or
   38: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   39: popular platforms.
   41: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   42: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   43: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   44: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   45: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   47: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   49: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   50:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   51: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   52: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   53: *.i	C include files
   54: *.ds	documenation source
   55: *TAGS	etags files
   57: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   58: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   59: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   61: Add-ons:
   62: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   63: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs
   65: Utilities:
   66: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   68: Games:
   69: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   71: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   72: test/*.fs
   74: Benchmarks:
   75: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   77: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   78: compat/*.fs other.fs
   80: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   81: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   82: mailing list:  To subscribe, send a mail to
   83: with:
   85: subscribe GForth
   87: as the first and only line within the message body.  Send bug reports
   88: to (whether you post them or not).
   91: - anton

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