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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.  See the
    16 <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution for details on user-relevant
    17 changes.
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    20 <h2>System requirements</h2>
    21 
    22 Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources, say 64 MB
    23 of free main memory and a decent CPU.  Speaking by today's hardware
    24 standards, any moderate Linux box should give a very nice platform for
    25 Isabelle.
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    28 
    29 Furthermore, Isabelle needs the following software, which is not part
    30 of the distribution:
    31 <ul>
    32 <li>A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. Poly/ML).
    33 <li>The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
    34 <li>Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
    35 is <em>not</em> sufficient).
    36 </ul>
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    39 
    40 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    41 very well:
    42 <ul>
    43 <li>Poly/ML 4.x and 3.x on Linux/x86, Solaris/Sparc, and PowerPC platforms.
    44 <li>SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (Linux, Suns, SGI etc.).
    45 </ul>
    46 
    47 <p> <a href="http://www.polyml.org/">Poly/ML</a>, previously a
    48 commercial product, is back in the free world.  It is by far the best
    49 compiler for running Isabelle, requiring the least memory and offering
    50 the highest performance.
    51 
    52 <p> <a href="http://smlnj.sourceforge.net/">SML/NJ</a> needs more
    53 store and disk space, but on the other hand supports more platforms.
    54 The current official release is 110.
    55 
    56 <p> MLWorks used to be a commercial ML programming environment
    57 developed by <a href="http://www.harlequin.com/">Harlequin</a> and was
    58 unfortunately withdrawn after that company was taken over.  Isabelle
    59 on MLWorks 2.0 works reasonably well.
    60 
    61 
    62 <h2>Installation</h2>
    63 
    64 Binary packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF for several
    65 platforms from the Isabelle web page.  The system may be easily built
    66 from scratch as well, taking the traditional tar.gz source
    67 distribution.  See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> as distributed with Isabelle
    68 for more information.
    69 
    70 Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    71 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).
    72 
    73 
    74 <h2>User interface</h2>
    75 
    76 The canonical Isabelle user interface is <a
    77 href="http://www.proofgeneral.org">Proof General</a> by David Aspinall
    78 and others.  It is a generic (X)Emacs interface for proof assistants,
    79 including Isabelle (both for the classic and Isar version).  Proof
    80 General is suitable for use by pacifists and Emacs militants
    81 alike. Its most prominent feature is script management, providing a
    82 metaphor of <em>live proof script editing</em>.  Proof General has
    83 recently gained a rather large following of both beginning and expert
    84 users of Isabelle.
    85 
    86 <p>
    87 
    88 Proof General is distributed together with the XEmacs
    89 <a href="http://x-symbol.sourceforge.net">
    90 X-Symbol package</a>, which provides a nice way to get proper
    91 mathematical symbols displayed on screen.
    92 
    93 
    94 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    95 
    96 <h3>The Isabelle Page</h3>
    97 
    98 The Isabelle home page may be accessed both from Cambridge and Munich:
    99 
   100 <ul>
   101 
   102 <li><a
   103 href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/</a>
   104 
   105 <li><a href="http://isabelle.in.tum.de">http://isabelle.in.tum.de</a>
   106 
   107 </ul>
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   109 
   110 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
   111 
   112 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
   113 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
   114 information. To join, send a message to <a
   115 href="mailto:isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk">isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</a>.
   116 
   117 
   118 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   119 
   120 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   121 Computer Laboratory<br>
   122 University of Cambridge<br>
   123 Pembroke Street<br>
   124 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   125 England<br>
   126 <br>
   127 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk">lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk</A><br>
   128 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   129 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   130 
   131 <p>
   132 or
   133 <p>
   134 
   135 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   136 Institut für Informatik<br>
   137 T. U. München<br>
   138 D-80290 München<br>
   139 Germany<br>
   140 <br>
   141 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:nipkow@in.tum.de">nipkow@in.tum.de</A><br>
   142 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   143 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   149 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   150 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   151 Isabelle and their consequences.
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