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- 1 Introduction
- 2 Terms, notation, and references
- 3 Usage requirements
- 4 Documentation requirements
- 5 Compliance and labeling
- 6 Glossary
- 7 The optional Block word set
- 8 The optional Double-Number word set
- 9 The optional Exception word set
- 10 The optional Facility word set
- 11 The optional File-Access word set
- 12 The optional Floating-Point word set
- 13 The optional Locals word set
- 14 The optional Memory-Allocation word set
- 15 The optional Programming-Tools word set
- 16 The optional Search-Order word set
- 17 The optional String word set
- 18 The optional Extended-Character word set
- Annex A: Rationale
- Annex B: Bibliography
- Annex C: Compatibility analysis
- Annex D: Portability guide
- Annex E: Reference Implementations
- Annex F: Test Suite
- Annex H: Alphabetic list of words
11 The optional File-Access word set
11.1 IntroductionThese words provide access to mass storage in the form of "files" under the following assumptions:
- files are provided by a host operating system;
- file names are represented as character strings;
- the format of file names is determined by the host operating system;
- an open file is identified by a single-cell file identifier (fileid);
- file-state information (e.g., position, size) is managed by the host operating system;
- file contents are accessed as a sequence of characters;
- file read operations return an actual transfer count, which can differ from the requested transfer count.
11.2 Additional terms
- file-access method:
- A permissible means of accessing a file, such as "read/write" or "read only".
- file position:
- The character offset from the start of the file.
- input file:
- The file, containing a sequence of lines, that is the input source.
11.3 Additional usage requirements
11.3.1 Data typesAppend table 11.1 to table 3.1.
22.214.171.124 File identifiersFile identifiers are implementation-dependent single-cell values that are passed to file operators to designate specific files. Opening a file assigns a file identifier, which remains valid until closed.
126.96.36.199 File access methods (188.8.131.52)File access methods are implementation-defined single-cell values.
184.108.40.206 File names
A character string containing the name of the file. The file name may include an implementation-dependent path name. The format of file names is implementation defined.
11.3.2 Blocks in files
Blocks may, but need not, reside in files. When they do:
- Block numbers may be mapped to one or more files by implementation-defined means. An ambiguous condition exists if a requested block number is not currently mapped;
- An UPDATEd block that came from a file shall be transferred back to the same file.
11.3.3 Input source
The File-Access word set creates another input source for the text interpreter. When the input source is a text file, BLK shall contain zero, SOURCE-ID shall contain the fileid of that text file, and the input buffer shall contain one line of the text file. During text interpretation from a text file, the value returned by FILE-POSITION for the fileid returned by SOURCE-ID is undefined. A standard program shall not call REPOSITION-FILE on the fileid returned by SOURCE-ID.
11.3.4 Other transient regions
The system provides transient buffers for S" and S\" strings. These buffers shall be no less than 80 characters in length, and there shall be at least two buffers. The system should be able to store two strings defined by sequential use of S" or S\". RAM-limited systems may have environmental restrictions on the number of buffers and their lifetimes.
When parsing from a text file using a space delimiter, control characters shall be treated the same as the space character.
Lines of at least 128 characters shall be supported. A program that requires lines of more than 128 characters has an environmental dependency.
See: 3.4.1 Parsing.
11.4 Additional documentation requirements
11.4.1 System documentation
220.127.116.11 Implementation-defined options
- file access methods used by
18.104.22.1680 OPEN-FILE, 22.214.171.1244 R/O, 126.96.36.1996 R/W and 188.8.131.525 W/O;
- file exceptions;
- file line terminator (184.108.40.2060 READ-LINE);
- file name format (220.127.116.11 File names);
- information returned by 18.104.22.1684 FILE-STATUS;
- input file state after an exception (22.214.171.1247 INCLUDE-FILE, 126.96.36.1998 INCLUDED);
- maximum depth of file input nesting (11.3.3 Input source);
- maximum size of input line (11.3.5 Parsing);
- methods for mapping block ranges to files (11.3.2 Blocks in files);
- number of string buffers provided (11.3.4 Other transient regions);
- size of string buffer used by 11.3.4 Other transient regions.
188.8.131.52 Ambiguous conditions
- attempting to position a file outside its boundaries (184.108.40.2062 REPOSITION-FILE);
- attempting to read from file positions not yet written
- fileid is invalid (220.127.116.117 INCLUDE-FILE);
- I/O exception reading or closing fileid (18.104.22.1687 INCLUDE-FILE, 22.214.171.1248 INCLUDED);
- named file cannot be opened (126.96.36.1998 INCLUDED);
- requesting an unmapped block number (11.3.2 Blocks in files);
- using 188.8.131.528 SOURCE-ID when 7.6.1.0790 BLK is not zero;
- a file is required while it is being REQUIRED (184.108.40.2064.50) or INCLUDED (220.127.116.118);
- a marker is defined outside and executed inside a file or vice versa, and the file is REQUIRED (18.104.22.1684.50) again;
- the same file is required twice using different names (e.g., through symbolic links), or different files with the same name are provided to 22.214.171.1244.50 REQUIRED (by doing some renaming between the invocations of REQUIRED);
- the stack effect of including with 126.96.36.1994.50 REQUIRED the file is not ( i * x -- i * x ).
188.8.131.52 Other system documentation
- no additional requirements.
11.4.2 Program documentation
184.108.40.206 Environmental dependencies
- requiring lines longer than 128 characters (11.3.5 Parsing);
- using more than eight levels of input-file nesting (11.3.3 Input source).
220.127.116.11 Other program documentation
- no additional requirements.
11.5 Compliance and labeling
11.5.1 Forth-2012 systemsThe phrase "Providing the File Access word set" shall be appended to the label of any Standard System that provides all of the File Access word set.
The phrase "Providing name(s) from the File Access Extensions word set" shall be appended to the label of any Standard System that provides portions of the File Access Extensions word set.
The phrase "Providing the File Access Extensions word set" shall be appended to the label of any Standard System that provides all of the File Access and File Access Extensions word sets.
11.5.2 Forth-2012 programsThe phrase "Requiring the File Access word set" shall be appended to the label of Standard Programs that require the system to provide the File Access word set.
The phrase "Requiring name(s) from the File Access Extensions word set" shall be appended to the label of Standard Programs that require the system to provide portions of the File Access Extensions word set.
The phrase "Requiring the File Access Extensions word set" shall be appended to the label of Standard Programs that require the system to provide all of the File Access and File Access Extensions word sets.
11.6.1 File Access words
- 11.6.1.0080 (
- 11.6.1.0765 BIN
- 11.6.1.0900 CLOSE-FILE
- 18.104.22.1680 CREATE-FILE
- 22.214.171.1240 DELETE-FILE
- 126.96.36.1990 FILE-POSITION
- 188.8.131.522 FILE-SIZE
- 184.108.40.2067 INCLUDE-FILE
- 220.127.116.118 INCLUDED
- 18.104.22.1680 OPEN-FILE
- 22.214.171.1244 R/O
- 126.96.36.1996 R/W
- 188.8.131.520 READ-FILE
- 184.108.40.2060 READ-LINE
- 220.127.116.112 REPOSITION-FILE
- 18.104.22.1687 RESIZE-FILE
- 22.214.171.1245 S"
- 126.96.36.1998 SOURCE-ID
- 188.8.131.525 W/O
- 184.108.40.2060 WRITE-FILE
- 220.127.116.115 WRITE-LINE