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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: checking host system type... alpha-dec-osf4.0b
   14: checking host system type... alphaev56-unknown-linux-gnu
   15: checking host system type... hppa1.1-hp-hpux10.20
   16: checking host system type... i486-pc-linux-gnulibc1
   17: checking host system type... i686-pc-linux-gnu
   18: checking host system type... mips-dec-ultrix4.3
   19: checking host system type... mips-sgi-irix6.2
   20: checking host system type... powerpc-unknown-linux-gnu
   21: checking host system type... sparc-sun-solaris2.5.1
   22: checking host system type... sparc-sun-sunos4.1.4
   24: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
   25: Windows 95, and OS/2. Mail if you have problems.
   26: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
   28: You can find new versions of Gforth at and its mirrors
   29: or at
   32: or
   35: The latter site contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
   36: popular platforms.
   38: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
   39: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
   40: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
   41: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
   42: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
   44: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
   46: *.fs	Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
   47:         gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
   48: *.fi	Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
   49: *.fb	Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
   50: *.i	C include files
   51: *.ds	documenation source
   52: *TAGS	etags files
   54: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
   55: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
   56: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
   58: Add-ons:
   59: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
   60: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
   62: Utilities:
   63: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
   65: Games:
   66: tt.fs sokoban.fs
   68: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
   69: test/*.fs
   71: Benchmarks:
   72: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
   74: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
   75: compat/*.fs other.fs
   77: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
   78: comp.lang.forth.  If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
   79: mailing list:  To subscribe, send a mail to
   80: with:
   82: subscribe GForth
   84: as the first and only line within the message body.  Send bug reports
   85: to (whether you post them or not).
   88: - anton

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