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     6 <title>The Isabelle System Distribution</title>
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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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    19 
    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.
    26 
    27 <p>
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    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>
    37 
    38 <p>
    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
    53 href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/software.html">SML/NJ</a>
    54 needs lots of store and disk space, but supports many more platforms.
    55 The current official release is 110.  Basically, we still support the
    56 old 0.93 release, but do not recommend to use it under normal
    57 circumstances.
    58 
    59 <p> MLWorks used to be a commercial ML programming environment
    60 developed by <a href="http://www.harlequin.com/">Harlequin</a> and was
    61 unfortunately withdrawn after that company was taken over.  Isabelle
    62 on MLWorks 2.0 works reasonably well.
    63 
    64 
    65 <h2>Installation</h2>
    66 
    67 Binary packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF on the Linux/x86
    68 platform.  The system may be easily built from scratch as well, taking
    69 the traditional tar.gz source distribution.  See file <tt>INSTALL</tt>
    70 as distributed with Isabelle for more information.
    71 
    72 Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    73 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).
    74 
    75 
    76 <h2>User interface</h2>
    77 
    78 The canonical Isabelle user interface is <a
    79 href="http://www.proofgeneral.org">Proof General</a> by David Aspinall
    80 and others.  It is a generic (X)Emacs interface for proof assistants,
    81 including Isabelle (both for the classic and Isar version).  Proof
    82 General is suitable for use by pacifists and Emacs militants
    83 alike. Its most prominent feature is script management, providing a
    84 metaphor of <em>live proof script editing</em>.  Proof General has
    85 recently gained a rather large following of both beginning and expert
    86 users of Isabelle.
    87 
    88 <p>
    89 
    90 Proof General may be used together with the Emacs
    91 <a href="http://www.fmi.uni-passau.de/~wedler/x-symbol/">
    92 X-Symbol package</a>, which provides a nice way to get proper
    93 mathematical symbols displayed on screen.
    94 
    95 
    96 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    97 
    98 <h3>The Isabelle Page</h3>
    99 
   100 The Isabelle home page may be accessed both from Cambridge and Munich:
   101 
   102 <ul>
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   104 <li> <a
   105 href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/</a>
   106 
   107 <li> <a href="http://isabelle.in.tum.de">http://isabelle.in.tum.de</a>
   108 
   109 </ul>
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   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 <a
   117 href="mailto:isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk">isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</a>.
   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: <A HREF="mailto:lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk">lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk</A><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 für Informatik<br>
   139 T. U. München<br>
   140 D-80290 München<br>
   141 Germany<br>
   142 <br>
   143 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:nipkow@in.tum.de">nipkow@in.tum.de</A><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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