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     7 <title>The Isabelle System Distribution</title>
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    12 <h1>The Isabelle System Distribution</h1>
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    14 <h2>Version information</h2>
    15 
    16 This is the internal repository version of Isabelle.  The current line
    17 of Isabelle99 development introduces many new features, with only a
    18 few incompatibilities over Isabelle98-X.  See the <tt>NEWS</tt> file
    19 in the distribution for more details.
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    21 
    22 <h2>System requirements</h2>
    23 
    24 Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources. Fun
    25 starts at about 32-64 MB of main memory (somewhat depending on your ML
    26 system), with several tens of MB disk space and a decent CPU.
    27 Speaking by today's hardware standards, any moderate Linux box should
    28 make a nice platform for Isabelle.
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    30 <p>
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    32 Furthermore, Isabelle needs the following software, which is not part
    33 of the distribution:
    34 <ul>
    35 <li> A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. SML of New Jersey).
    36 <li> The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
    37 <li> Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
    38 is <em>not</em> sufficient).
    39 </ul>
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    41 <p>
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    43 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    44 very well:
    45 <ul>
    46 <li> SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (e.g. Linux, Suns).
    47 <li> SML/NJ 0.93 on Suns and SGIs. There seem to be several
    48 problems with Linux and HP-UX, though.
    49 <li> Poly/ML versions 2.x and 3.1 on Suns.
    50 </ul>
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    52 <p>
    53 
    54 <a
    55 href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/software.html">SML/NJ</a>
    56 needs lots of store and disk space, but it is free.  The current
    57 official release is 110 (there is an <a
    58 href="ftp://ftp.cl.cam.ac.uk/MIRRORED/smlnj/release/110/smlnj-110.0-3.i386.rpm">RPM
    59 archive</a> available for Linux/x86).  We still support the old 0.93
    60 release, but do not recommend to use it.
    61 
    62 <p>
    63 
    64 <a href="http://www.harlequin.com/products/ads/ml/">MLWorks</a> is a
    65 commercial ML programming environment.  Isabelle on MLWorks 2.0 works
    66 well.  It is about 20% faster than on SML/NJ while using slightly less
    67 memory and disk space.  A few minor features (e.g. ML top-level pretty
    68 printing) are not yet supported, though.
    69 
    70 <p>
    71 
    72 Poly/ML used to be a commercial product by Abstract Hardware Limited
    73 (now Abstract, Inc.).  It is no longer available.  We're awaiting news
    74 about future availability of Poly/ML.
    75 
    76 <p>
    77 
    78 
    79 <h2>Installation</h2>
    80 
    81 Binary rpm packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF on the
    82 Linux/x86 platform.  Alternatively, the system may be built from
    83 scratch as described in file <tt>INSTALL</tt> of the Isabelle sources.
    84 Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    85 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).
    86 
    87 
    88 <h2>Interfaces</h2>
    89 
    90 The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
    91 ordinary terminal sessions.
    92 
    93 <p>
    94 
    95 <a href="http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/da/Isamode/">Isamode</a> by
    96 David Aspinall is a more elaborate interface for Isabelle.  It runs
    97 under recent versions of XEmacs and is useful to both novices and
    98 experts.
    99 
   100 <p>
   101 
   102 <a href="http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/proofgen/">Proof General</a> is
   103 a generic Emacs interface for proof assistants, including Isabelle (as
   104 of version 2.0).  Proof General is suitable for use by pacifists and
   105 Emacs militants alike. Its most prominent feature is script
   106 management, providing a metaphor of <em>live proof script
   107 editing</em>.
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   109 
   110 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
   111 
   112 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
   113 
   114 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
   115 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
   116 information. To join, send a message to
   117 <tt>isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>.
   118 
   119 
   120 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   121 
   122 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   123 Computer Laboratory<br>
   124 University of Cambridge<br>
   125 Pembroke Street<br>
   126 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   127 England<br>
   128 <br>
   129 E-mail: lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk<br>
   130 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   131 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   132 
   133 <p>
   134 or
   135 <p>
   136 
   137 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   138 Institut fuer Informatik<br>
   139 T. U. Muenchen<br>	
   140 D-80290 Muenchen<br>
   141 Germany<br>
   142 <br>
   143 E-mail: nipkow@www.in.tum.de<br>
   144 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   145 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   151 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   152 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   153 Isabelle and their consequences.
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