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 a manual. Gforth employs traditional
5: implementation techniques: its inner innerpreter is indirect or direct
6: threaded. Gforth is distributed under the GNU General Public license
7: (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:
15: Read INSTALL for installation instructions, or INSTALL.DOS for DOS,
16: Windows 95, and OS/2. Mail email@example.com if you have problems.
17: To start the system, just say `gforth' (after installing it).
19: You can find new versions of Gforth at ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/gforth/
20: and its mirrors or at
26: The latter site also contains binary distributions of Gforth for some
27: popular platforms.
29: If you want to work on Gforth, mail me. Tasks to be done can be found
30: in ToDo; but if you would like to do something not mentioned there,
31: it's ok, too. In any case, we would like to hear what you are
32: doing. The most important tasks IMO are the missing ANS Forth words,
33: the documentation and the foreign language interface for C.
35: On popular request, here are the meanings of unusual file extensions:
37: *.fs Forth stream source file (include with "include <file>" from within
38: gforth, or start with "gforth <file1> <file2> ...")
39: *.fi Forth image files (start with "gforth -i <image file>")
40: *.fb Forth blocks file (load with "use <block file> 1 load")
41: *.i C include files
42: *.ds documenation source
43: *TAGS etags files
45: A number of Forth source files are included in this package that are
46: not necessary for building Gforth. Not all of them are mentioned in
47: the rest of the documentation, so here's a short overview:
50: code.fs random.fs more.fs ansi.fs colorize.fs
51: oof.fs oofsampl.fs objects.fs blocked.fb tasker.fs
54: ans-report.fs etags.fs glosgen.fs filedump.fs
57: tt.fs sokoban.fs
59: Test programs (for testing Forth systems):
63: bubble.fs siev.fs matrix.fs fib.fs
65: ANS Forth implementations of Gforth extensions:
66: compat/*.fs other.fs
68: For discussions about Gforth, use the Usenet newsgroup
69: comp.lang.forth. If you prefer not to post on Usenet, there is also a
70: mailing list: GForth@ChaosSolutions.org. To subscribe, send a mail to
71: MDaemon@ChaosSolutions.org with:
73: subscribe GForth
75: as the first and only line within the message body. Send bug reports
76: to firstname.lastname@example.org (whether you post them or not).
79: - anton