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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 <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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    29 <p>
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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>
    38 
    39 The ML system and GNU bash are absolutely essential. Perl is optional
    40 for core functionality, but still highly recommended.
    41 
    42 <p>
    43 
    44 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    45 quite well:
    46 <ul>
    47 <li> Poly/ML versions 2.x and 3.1 on Suns.
    48 <li> SML/NJ 0.93 on Suns and SGIs. There seem to be several
    49 problems with Linux and HP-UX.
    50 <li> SML/NJ 1.07 on Suns, Linux, etc.
    51 <li> SML/NJ 1.09.27 on Suns, Linux, etc.
    52 </ul>
    53 
    54 <p>
    55 
    56 <a href="http://www.ahl.co.uk/poly-ml.html">Poly/ML</a> is a
    57 commercial product and costs money, but it is stable and efficient. It
    58 requires relatively little memory (starting at about 16MB) and disk
    59 space (about 40MB for all distributed object logics).
    60 
    61 <p>
    62 
    63 SML/NJ needs lots of store and disk space, but it is <a
    64 href="http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/what/smlnj/software.html">free</a>.
    65 The last official release is 0.93.  Recent working versions may be
    66 better suited, under normal circumstances.  Beware of the many
    67 incompatibilities among SML/NJ versions! From the 1.09.x family, we
    68 now only support 1.09.27, or later.  An unofficial pre-built binary
    69 distribution of SML/NJ 1.09.27 for Linux is also <a
    70 href="http://www4.informatik.tu-muenchen.de/~wenzelm/resources.html">available.</a>
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    72 
    73 <h2>Installation</h2>
    74 
    75 See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> in the Isabelle sources on how to build the
    76 system. Further background information may be found in the
    77 <em>Isabelle System Manual</em>, distributed as <tt>dvi</tt> with the
    78 sources.
    79 
    80 
    81 <h2>Interfaces</h2>
    82 
    83 The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
    84 ordinary terminal sessions.<p>
    85 
    86 David Aspinall has written a more elaborate <a
    87 href="ftp://ftp.dcs.ed.ac.uk/pub/da/Isamode.tar.gz">user interface</a>
    88 for Isabelle.  It runs under recent versions of GNU Emacs and XEmacs,
    89 the latter being recommended.  It's useful to both novices and
    90 experts.
    91 
    92 
    93 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    94 
    95 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
    96 
    97 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
    98 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
    99 information. To join, send a message to
   100 <tt>isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>.
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   102 
   103 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   104 
   105 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   106 Computer Laboratory<br>
   107 University of Cambridge<br>
   108 Pembroke Street<br>
   109 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   110 England<br>
   111 <br>
   112 E-mail: lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk<br>
   113 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   114 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   115 
   116 <p>
   117 or
   118 <p>
   119 
   120 <a href="http://www4.informatik.tu-muenchen.de:80/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   121 Institut fuer Informatik<br>
   122 T. U. Muenchen<br>	
   123 D-80290 Muenchen<br>
   124 Germany<br>
   125 <br>
   126 E-mail: nipkow@informatik.tu-muenchen.de<br>
   127 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   128 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   130 <p>
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   134 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   135 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiences of
   136 Isabelle and their consequences.
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