Hi. I just downloaded gnu apl1.3, running it on os-x mavericks. Took
a little bit of thinking and tinkering to get it up, but I have been waiting
to be able to run apl on the mac, so quite happy about that!
One question - I was looking to interface with my file system - I see that
" )host " is implemented, but is there a host - like command as well?
I tried sh, cmd, host, but none of them seem to work.
e.g. If I want to get "ls" of my system into a matrix, and begin parsing it,
is there a way?
I am really happy to see a way to create apl code in vi (a little problem with the
layout in that the Esc key is mapped to something - I will need to look into that)
and load it via apl -f aplfile.apl. But is there a way to load this when I am already in
apl via a  system function ?
Also, it looks like there is currently no support for native files nread, ntie functionality?
as for bugs, I have one at the moment:
When I launch mac terminal with apl font, my font is black. Once I quit apl, with )off, my font
is now gray. And when I restart apl, it is still light gray unlike the first time I ran apl. Not sure why.
Upon starting a new terminal session, it's fine again.
I do have suggestions for things I am looking for in apl that aren't typically there - if interested,
please let me know and I can organize my thoughts on this.
e.g. localize variables by default (no side effects), multi-function scripts, pass-by-value C-style structures.
Anyway, you are doing wonderful work!
Thanks again and looking forward to your response,