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<title>The Isabelle System Distribution</title>
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<h1>The Isabelle System Distribution</h1>
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<h2>Version information</h2>
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This is the internal repository version of Isabelle.  Starting with
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Isabelle98, the current line of Isabelle development introduces many
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new features, but also some incompatibilities with Isabelle94-XX.  See
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the <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution for more details.
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<h2>System requirements</h2>
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Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources. Fun
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starts at about 32-64 MB of main memory (somewhat depending on your ML
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system), with several tens of MB disk space and a decent CPU.
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Speaking by today's hardware standards, even a rather low-end Linux
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box should make a nice platform for Isabelle.
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Furthermore, Isabelle needs the following software, which is not part
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of the distribution:
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<li> A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. SML of New Jersey).
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<li> The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
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<li> Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
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is <em>not</em> sufficient).
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The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
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very well:
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<li> SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (e.g. Suns, Linux).
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<li> SML/NJ 0.93 on Suns and SGIs. There seem to be several
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problems with Linux and HP-UX, though.
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<li> Poly/ML versions 2.x and 3.1 on Suns.
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href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/software.html">SML/NJ</a>
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needs lots of store and disk space, but it is free.  The current
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official release is 110 (there is an <a
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href="ftp://ftp.cl.cam.ac.uk/MIRRORED/smlnj/release/110/smlnj-110.0-3.i386.rpm">RPM
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archive</a> available for Linux/x86).  We still support the old 0.93
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release, but do not recommend to use it.
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<a href="http://www.harlequin.com/products/ads/ml/">MLWorks</a> is a
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commercial ML programming environment.  Isabelle on MLWorks 2.0 works
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well.  It is about 20% faster than on SML/NJ while using slightly less
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memory and disk space.  A few minor features (e.g. ML top-level pretty
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printing) are not yet supported, though.
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Poly/ML used to be a commercial product by Abstract Hardware Limited
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(now Abstract, Inc.).  It is no longer available.  We're awaiting news
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about future availability of Poly/ML.
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<h2>Installation</h2>
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See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> in the Isabelle sources on how to build the
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system. Further background information may be found in the
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<em>Isabelle System Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (see
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directory <tt>doc</tt>).
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<h2>Interfaces</h2>
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The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
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ordinary terminal sessions.
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David Aspinall is a more elaborate interface for Isabelle.  It runs
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under recent versions of XEmacs and is useful to both novices and
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<a href="http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/proofgen/">Proof General</a> is
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a generic Emacs interface for proof assistants, including Isabelle (as
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of version 2.0).  Proof General is suitable for use by pacifists and
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Emacs militants alike. Its most prominent feature is script
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management, providing a metaphor of <em>live proof script
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editing</em>.
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<h2>Other sources of information</h2>
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<h3>Mailing list</h3>
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The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
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provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
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information. To join, send a message to
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<tt>isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>.
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<h3>Personal mail</h3>
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<a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
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E-mail: lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk<br>
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Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
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Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
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E-mail: nipkow@www.in.tum.de<br>
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Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
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Isabelle and their consequences.
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