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

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