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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 the internal repository version of Isabelle.  Starting with
    17 Isabelle98, the current line of Isabelle introduces many new features,
    18 but also some incompatibilities with Isabelle94-XX.  See the
    19 <tt>NEWS</tt> file in the distribution for more details.
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    22 <h2>System requirements</h2>
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    24 Isabelle requires a real Unix box with sufficient resources. Fun
    25 starts at about 32MB of main memory (somewhat depending on your ML
    26 system), with several tens of MB disk space and a relatively fast CPU.
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    30 Furthermore, it needs the following software, which is not part of the
    31 distribution:
    32 <ul>
    33 <li> A full Standard ML Compiler (e.g. SML of New Jersey).
    34 <li> The GNU bash shell (version 1.x or 2.x).
    35 <li> Perl 5.x - the Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister (Perl 4.x
    36 is *not* sufficient).
    37 </ul>
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    41 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    42 quite well:
    43 <ul>
    44 <li> SML/NJ 110.x on any Unix platform (e.g. Suns, Linux).
    45 <li> SML/NJ 0.93 on Suns and SGIs. There seem to be several
    46 problems with Linux and HP-UX, though.
    47 <li> Poly/ML versions 2.x and 3.1 on Suns.
    48 </ul>
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    52 <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 it is free.  The current
    55 official release is 110.x, working versions 109.27 to 109.33 should
    56 also work.  We also still support the old 0.93 release.
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    60 <a href="http://www.harlequin.com/products/ads/ml/">MLWorks</a> is a
    61 commercial ML programming environment.  Isabelle on MLWorks 2.0 works well.
    62 It is about 20% faster than on SML/NJ while using slightly less memory and
    63 disk space.  A few minor features (e.g. top-level pretty printing) are not yet
    64 supported, though.
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    68 Poly/ML used to be a commercial product by Abstract Hardware Limited
    69 (now Abstract, Inc.).  It is no longer available.  We're awaiting news
    70 about future availability of Poly/ML.
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    75 <h2>Installation</h2>
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    77 See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> in the Isabelle sources on how to build the
    78 system. Further background information may be found in the
    79 <em>Isabelle System Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (see
    80 directory <tt>doc</tt>).
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    83 <h2>Interfaces</h2>
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    85 The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
    86 ordinary terminal sessions.<p>
    87 
    88 <a href="http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/da/Isamode/">Isamode</a> by
    89 David Aspinall is a more elaborate interface for Isabelle.  It runs
    90 under recent versions of XEmacs and is useful to both novices and
    91 experts.
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    94 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
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    96 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
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    98 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
    99 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
   100 information. To join, send a message to
   101 <tt>isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>.
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   104 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
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   106 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   107 Computer Laboratory<br>
   108 University of Cambridge<br>
   109 Pembroke Street<br>
   110 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   111 England<br>
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   113 E-mail: lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk<br>
   114 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   115 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
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   117 <p>
   118 or
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   121 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   122 Institut fuer Informatik<br>
   123 T. U. Muenchen<br>	
   124 D-80290 Muenchen<br>
   125 Germany<br>
   126 <br>
   127 E-mail: nipkow@www.in.tum.de<br>
   128 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   129 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   135 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   136 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   137 Isabelle and their consequences.
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