# Prompts¶

Since release 6.3 amforth has three redefinable prompt words, version 6.6 adds a fourth one (.input). They are called in the outer interpreter quit:

: quit ( -- )
lp0 lp ! sp0 sp! rp0 rp! \ setup the stacks
[ \ switch to interpret mode
begin \ an endless loop begins
state @ 0= if .ready then
refill .input if
['] interpret catch
?dup if
dup -2 < if .error then
recurse \ restarts without turnkey
then
else
.ok
then
again ;


The .input is called after a refill and defaults to cr. It is responsible for the linefeed after each command before the command output can start. Changing it to space gives the look and feel of others forth’s which mix command input and output on the same line. Be aware that most tools for the commandline interface will not work than.

> 1 2 3 .s <ENTER>
3 3 2 1 ok
> ' space to .input
ok
> 1 2 3 .s <ENTER> 6 3 2 1 3 2 1 ok
>


The .ready is called whenever the system signals its readyness for input. It’s default starts a new line and displays the > character. The definition is

USER_P_RDY Udefer .ready
:noname ( -- ) cr ."> " ; is .ready


After this prompt, the refill action is called when the command line has been processed. The .ok prompt word is used when the input line has been processed successfully. It’s default displays the “ok” string

USER_P_OK Udefer .ok
:noname ( -- ) ." ok " ; is .ok


The third prompt word is called whenever the systems detects an error or an unhandled exception. It default prints the exception number and the position in the input buffer where the error has been detected

USER_P_ERR Udefer .error
:noname ( n -- ) ." ?? "
\ print the exception number in decimal
base @ >r decimal .
\ print the position in the input buffer
>in @ .
\ restore base
r> base !
; is .error


The :nonames indicate that the default actions don’t have a name in the dictionary. The defers are stored in the USER area since all other words related to command IO are there too. Any replacement words are expected to follow the stack diagrams otherwise the system may crash.