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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>
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    16 This is <strong>Isabelle-94 revision 8</strong> as of May
    17 1997. Basically, it should be backwards compatible to earlier
    18 Isabelle-94 releases. Older versions (like Isabelle-93) are quite
    19 different, though. See also the <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution
    20 for a more detailed list of new features and changes.
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    23 <h2>System requirements</h2>
    24 
    25 Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources. Fun
    26 starts at about 32MB of memory (somewhat depending on your ML system),
    27 several tens of MB disk space and with a relatively fast CPU.
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    31 Furthermore, it needs the following software, which is not part of the
    32 distribution:
    33 <ul>
    34 <li> A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. Poly/ML or SML of New Jersey).
    35 <li> The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
    36 <li> Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister.
    37 </ul>
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    40 
    41 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    42 quite well:
    43 <ul>
    44 <li> Poly/ML versions 2.x and 3.1 on Suns.
    45 <li> SML/NJ 0.93 on Suns and SGIs. There seem to be several
    46 problems with Linux and HP-UX.
    47 <li> SML/NJ 1.09.27 or later on Suns, Linux, etc.
    48 </ul>
    49 
    50 <p>
    51 
    52 <a href="http://www.ahl.co.uk/poly-ml.html">Poly/ML</a> is a
    53 commercial product and costs money, but it is stable and efficient. It
    54 requires relatively little memory (starting at about 16MB) and disk
    55 space (about 40MB for all distributed object logics).
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    59 SML/NJ needs lots of store and disk space, but it is <a
    60 href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/software.html">free</a>.
    61 The last official release is 0.93.  Recent working versions may be
    62 better suited, under normal circumstances.  Beware of the many
    63 incompatibilities among SML/NJ versions! From the 1.09.x family, we
    64 now only support 1.09.27, or later.  An unofficial pre-built binary
    65 distribution of at least SML/NJ 1.09.27 for Linux is also <a
    66 href="http://www4.informatik.tu-muenchen.de/~wenzelm/resources.html">available.</a>
    67 If you have to re-build SML/NJ 1.09.x yourself from the sources, just
    68 comment out all targets except "sml" (cf. the installation
    69 instructions of the SML/NJ distribution).
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    71 
    72 <h2>Installation</h2>
    73 
    74 See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> in the Isabelle sources on how to build the
    75 system. Further background information may be found in the
    76 <em>Isabelle System Manual</em>, distributed as <tt>dvi</tt> with the
    77 sources.
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    79 
    80 <h2>Interfaces</h2>
    81 
    82 The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
    83 ordinary terminal sessions.<p>
    84 
    85 David Aspinall has written a more elaborate <a
    86 href="ftp://ftp.dcs.ed.ac.uk/pub/da/Isamode.tar.gz">user interface</a>
    87 for Isabelle.  It runs under recent versions of GNU Emacs and XEmacs,
    88 the latter being recommended.  It's useful to both novices and
    89 experts.
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    91 
    92 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    93 
    94 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
    95 
    96 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
    97 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
    98 information. To join, send a message to
    99 <tt>isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>.
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   101 
   102 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   103 
   104 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   105 Computer Laboratory<br>
   106 University of Cambridge<br>
   107 Pembroke Street<br>
   108 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   109 England<br>
   110 <br>
   111 E-mail: lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk<br>
   112 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   113 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   114 
   115 <p>
   116 or
   117 <p>
   118 
   119 <a href="http://www4.informatik.tu-muenchen.de:80/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   120 Institut fuer Informatik<br>
   121 T. U. Muenchen<br>	
   122 D-80290 Muenchen<br>
   123 Germany<br>
   124 <br>
   125 E-mail: nipkow@informatik.tu-muenchen.de<br>
   126 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   127 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   133 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   134 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiences of
   135 Isabelle and their consequences.
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