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    11 <h1>The Isabelle System Distribution</h1>
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    13 <h2>Version information</h2>
    14 
    15 This is the internal repository version of Isabelle.  The current line
    16 of Isabelle99 development introduces many new concepts, while
    17 attempting to keep incompatibilities over Isabelle98 at a minimum.
    18 See the <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution for more details.
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    21 <h2>System requirements</h2>
    22 
    23 Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources. Fun
    24 starts at about 32-64 MB of free main memory (somewhat depending on
    25 the ML system), with several tens of MB disk space and a decent CPU.
    26 Speaking by today's hardware standards, any moderate Linux box should
    27 give a very nice platform for Isabelle.
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    29 <p>
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    31 Furthermore, Isabelle needs the following software, which is not part
    32 of the distribution:
    33 <ul>
    34 <li> A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. Poly/ML).
    35 <li> The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
    36 <li> Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
    37 is <em>not</em> sufficient).
    38 </ul>
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    42 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    43 very well:
    44 <ul>
    45 <li> Poly/ML 4.x and 3.x on Linux/x86 and Solaris/Sparc.
    46 <li> SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (Linux, Suns, SGI etc.).
    47 </ul>
    48 
    49 <p> <a href="http://www.polyml.org/">Poly/ML</a>, previously a
    50 commercial product, is back in the free world.  It is by far the best
    51 compiler for running Isabelle, requiring the least memory and offering
    52 the highest performance.
    53 
    54 <p> <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 supports many more platforms.
    57 The current official release is 110.  Basically, we still support the
    58 old 0.93 release, but do not recommend to use it under normal
    59 circumstances.
    60 
    61 <p> MLWorks is a commercial ML programming environment developed by <a
    62 href="http://www.harlequin.com/">Harlequin</a> and was unfortunately
    63 withdrawn after that company was taken over.  Isabelle on MLWorks 2.0
    64 works reasonably well.
    65 
    66 
    67 <h2>Installation</h2>
    68 
    69 Binary packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF on the Linux/x86
    70 platform.  The system may be easily built from scratch as well, taking
    71 the traditional tar.gz source distribution.  See file <tt>INSTALL</tt>
    72 as distributed with Isabelle for more information.
    73 
    74 Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    75 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).
    76 
    77 
    78 <h2>User interface</h2>
    79 
    80 The canonical Isabelle user interface is <a
    81 href="http://www.proofgeneral.org">Proof General</a> by David Aspinall
    82 and others.  It is a generic (X)Emacs interface for proof assistants,
    83 including Isabelle (both for the classic and Isar version).  Proof
    84 General is suitable for use by pacifists and Emacs militants
    85 alike. Its most prominent feature is script management, providing a
    86 metaphor of <em>live proof script editing</em>.  Proof General has
    87 recently gained a rather large following of both beginning and expert
    88 users of Isabelle.
    89 
    90 <p>
    91 
    92 Proof General may be used together with the Emacs
    93 <a href="http://www.fmi.uni-passau.de/~wedler/x-symbol/">
    94 X-Symbol package</a>, which provides a nice way to get proper
    95 mathematical symbols displayed on screen.
    96 
    97 
    98 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    99 
   100 <h3>The Isabelle Page</h3>
   101 
   102 The Isabelle home page may be accessed both from Cambridge and Munich:
   103 
   104 <ul>
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   106 <li> <a
   107 href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/</a>
   108 
   109 <li> <a href="http://isabelle.in.tum.de">http://isabelle.in.tum.de</a>
   110 
   111 </ul>
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   113 
   114 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
   115 
   116 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
   117 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
   118 information. To join, send a message to <a
   119 href="mailto:isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk">isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</a>.
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   121 
   122 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   123 
   124 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   125 Computer Laboratory<br>
   126 University of Cambridge<br>
   127 Pembroke Street<br>
   128 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   129 England<br>
   130 <br>
   131 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk">lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk</A><br>
   132 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   133 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   134 
   135 <p>
   136 or
   137 <p>
   138 
   139 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   140 Institut für Informatik<br>
   141 T. U. München<br>
   142 D-80290 München<br>
   143 Germany<br>
   144 <br>
   145 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:nipkow@in.tum.de">nipkow@in.tum.de</A><br>
   146 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   147 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   153 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   154 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   155 Isabelle and their consequences.
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