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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>
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    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>
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    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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    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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    40 The following ML system and platform combinations are known to work
    41 very well:
    42 <ul>
    43 <li>Poly/ML 4.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.
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    57 <h2>Installation</h2>
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    59 Binary packages are available for Isabelle/HOL and ZF for several
    60 platforms from the Isabelle web page.  The system may be easily built
    61 from scratch as well, taking the traditional tar.gz source
    62 distribution.  See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> as distributed with Isabelle
    63 for more information.
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    65 Further background information may be found in the <em>Isabelle System
    66 Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (directory <tt>doc</tt>).
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    68 
    69 <h2>User interface</h2>
    70 
    71 The canonical Isabelle user interface is <a
    72 href="http://proofgeneral.inf.ed.ac.uk/">Proof General</a> by David Aspinall
    73 and others.  It is a generic (X)Emacs interface for proof assistants,
    74 including Isabelle (both for the classic and Isar version).  Proof
    75 General is suitable for use by pacifists and Emacs militants
    76 alike. Its most prominent feature is script management, providing a
    77 metaphor of <em>live proof script editing</em>.  Proof General has
    78 recently gained a rather large following of both beginning and expert
    79 users of Isabelle.
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    82 
    83 Proof General is distributed together with the XEmacs
    84 <a href="http://x-symbol.sourceforge.net">
    85 X-Symbol package</a>, which provides a nice way to get proper
    86 mathematical symbols displayed on screen.
    87 
    88 
    89 <h2>Other sources of information</h2>
    90 
    91 <h3>The Isabelle Page</h3>
    92 
    93 The Isabelle home page may be accessed both from Cambridge and Munich:
    94 
    95 <ul>
    96 
    97 <li><a
    98 href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/">http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/Research/HVG/Isabelle/</a>
    99 
   100 <li><a href="http://isabelle.in.tum.de">http://isabelle.in.tum.de</a>
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   102 </ul>
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   104 
   105 <h3>Mailing list</h3>
   106 
   107 The electronic mailing list <tt>isabelle-users@cl.cam.ac.uk</tt>
   108 provides a forum for Isabelle users to discuss problems and exchange
   109 information. To join, send a message to <a
   110 href="mailto:isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk">isabelle-users-request@cl.cam.ac.uk</a>.
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   112 
   113 <h3>Personal mail</h3>
   114 
   115 <a href="http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/users/lcp/">Lawrence C Paulson</a><br>
   116 Computer Laboratory<br>
   117 University of Cambridge<br>
   118 Pembroke Street<br>
   119 Cambridge CB2 3QG<br>
   120 England<br>
   121 <br>
   122 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk">lcp@cl.cam.ac.uk</A><br>
   123 Phone: +44-223-334600<br>
   124 Fax:   +44-223-334748<br>
   125 
   126 <p>
   127 or
   128 <p>
   129 
   130 <a href="http://www.in.tum.de/~nipkow/">Tobias Nipkow</a><br>
   131 Institut für Informatik<br>
   132 T. U. München<br>
   133 D-80290 München<br>
   134 Germany<br>
   135 <br>
   136 E-mail: <A HREF="mailto:nipkow@in.tum.de">nipkow@in.tum.de</A><br>
   137 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   138 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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   144 Please report any problems you encounter.  While we shall try to be
   145 helpful, we can accept no responsibility for the deficiencies of
   146 Isabelle and their consequences.
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