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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>
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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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    50 <p>
    51 
    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.  We also still support the old 0.93 release.
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    57 <p>
    58 
    59 <a href="http://www.harlequin.com/products/ads/ml/">MLWorks</a> is a
    60 commercial ML programming environment.  Isabelle on MLWorks 2.0 works well.
    61 It is about 20% faster than on SML/NJ while using slightly less memory and
    62 disk space.  A few minor features (e.g. top-level pretty printing) are not yet
    63 supported, though.
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    65 <p>
    66 
    67 Poly/ML used to be a commercial product by Abstract Hardware Limited
    68 (now Abstract, Inc.).  It is no longer available.  We're awaiting news
    69 about future availability of Poly/ML.
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    71 <p>
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    73 
    74 <h2>Installation</h2>
    75 
    76 See file <tt>INSTALL</tt> in the Isabelle sources on how to build the
    77 system. Further background information may be found in the
    78 <em>Isabelle System Manual</em>, distributed with the sources (see
    79 directory <tt>doc</tt>).
    80 
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    82 <h2>Interfaces</h2>
    83 
    84 The distribution includes only a very primitive interface based on
    85 ordinary terminal sessions.<p>
    86 
    87 <a href="http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/da/Isamode/">Isamode</a> by
    88 David Aspinall is a more elaborate interface for Isabelle.  It runs
    89 under recent versions of XEmacs and is 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://www.in.tum.de/~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@www.in.tum.de<br>
   127 Phone: +49-89-289-22690<br>
   128 Fax:   +49-89-289-28183<br>
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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 deficiencies of
   136 Isabelle and their consequences.
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