Re: Spell Checking

Subject: Re: Spell Checking
From: Keith Powell (
Date: Sat Apr 28 2001 - 10:47:16 CDT

Hello David.

Thank you very much for your reply to my PSpell query.

I'll give it a go, following your instructions, and see what happens. They
seem very clear, thanks.

It does seem strange that we have to go to all this trouble to change the
spell checking dictionary, when Abi say that all you need to do is to replace
the American file with the British one. I can't understand why they say what
to do, but it doesn't work when we try it. To me, this does appear to be the
main thing which needs sorting out with Abiword. I am very pleased with the
rest of the program.

Many thanks again for your help.


>David chart wrote:
> No-one seems to have responded yet, so I'll give it a go. I've got AbiWord
> running with Pspell on my machine.
> --On 26/4/01 20:51 +0100 Keith Powell wrote:
>> I have downloaded Pspell-12.1.tar.gz from sourceforge, but don't know
>> what to do next. Please could you give me some more help? How do I
>> compile Abiword with Pspell support? Do I still use the same GTK version
>> as before, and do I still use the Abiword RPM file.
> No. You have to get source code from somewhere, then cd into its directory
> and type
> Then become superuser and type
> make ABI_OPT_PSPELL=1 install
> There was a tar ball of the 0.7.14 source code around, but I can't remember
> where, and I don't seem to have kept that email. If you look at the
> developer's list archive for the beginning of April, I think the URL is
> there.
> It's actually really easy to install from the source; about one stage more
> than installing from a binary. Mind you, compiling does take a while
> longer. There is a README in with the source, which tells you which
> directory you need to be in when you type make...; I think it's abi. (I'm
> building from CVS at the moment, which isn't nearly as impressive as it
> sounds.)
>>Do I need anything else apart from the Pspell.tar.gz file, as the manual
>> says something about needing other modules. I have read the manual
>> several times, but as yet I don't understand it!
> You and me both... I don't *think* you need modules, I think AbiWord fills
> that need.
> You do need to install the pspell libraries, and then edit /etc/
> to include the library with the pspell library in (/usr/local/lib, IIRC,
> but check that, because I'm not sure and your system may vary). After
> editing the file, type ldconfig to set it up. (This all needs to be done as
> root.) AbiWord should now be able to find the library and start up.
>> When I have got Abiword with the Pspell support, do I use the
>> British.hash file? The manual says that I need a *.pwli file. Where do I
>> get them from and are they a replacement for the .hash file?
> No idea. I'm still using the american.hash file that AbiWord installs. At
> least, I think I am...
> I hope this helps; let me know if I've been deeply obscure anywhere.
> David Chart

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