Section: Aspell Abbreviated User's Manual (1)
aspell [options] <command>
aspell is a utility program that connects to the Aspell library so that it can function as an ispell -a replacement, as an independent spell checker, as a test utility to test out Aspell library features, and as a utility for managing dictionaries used by the library.
The Aspell library contains an interface allowing other programs direct access to its functions and therefore reducing the complex task of spell checking to simple library calls. The default library does not contain dictionary word lists. To add language dictionaries, please check your distro first for modified dictionaries, otherwise look here for base language dictionaries <http://aspell.net>.
The following information describes the commands and options used by the Aspell Utility.
This manual page is maintained separately from the official documentation so it may be out of date or incomplete. The official documentation is maintained as a Texinfo manual. See the `aspell' entry in info for more complete documentation.
<command> is one of:
The following options may be used to control which dictionaries to use and how they behave.
These options control the behavior of Aspell when checking documents.
These options modify the behavior of the various filters.
These may be used to control the behavior of run-together words.
Miscellaneous options that don't fall under any other category.
These options are part of the aspell Utility and work independently of the library.
In addition Aspell will try to make sense out of Ispell's command line options so that it can function as a drop in replacement for Ispell. If Aspell is run without any command line options it will display a brief help screen and quit.
Aspell can accept options via global or personal configuration files so that you do not need to specify them each time at the command line. The default global configuration file is /etc/aspell.conf or another file specified by option --conf and is checked first. The default per user configuration file ~/.aspell.conf located in the $HOME directory (or another file specified by option --per-conf) is checked next and overrides options set in the global config file. Options specified at either the command line or via an environmental variable override those specified by either configuration file.
Each line of the configuration file has the format:
where option is any one of the standard library options above without the leading dashes. For example the following line will set the default language to Swiss German:
<DD CLASS="c2|lang de_CH:
There may be any number of spaces between the option and the value, however it can only be spaces, i.e. there is no '=' between the option name and the value. Comments may also be included by preceding them with a '#' as anything from a '#' to a newline is ignored. Blank lines are also allowed. The /etc/aspell.conf file is a good example of how to set these options and the Aspell Manual has more detailed info.
Support for Aspell can be found on the Aspell mailing lists. Instructions for joining the various mailing lists (and an archive of them) can be found off the Aspell home page at <http://aspell.net>. Bug reports should be submitted via the Sourceforge Tracker rather than being posted to the mailing lists.
This manual page was written by Brian Nelson <[email protected]> based on the Aspell User's Manual, Copyright © 2002 Kevin Atkinson. Updated Nov 2006 by Jose Da Silva <[email protected]>, and Dec 2006 by Kevin Atkinson <[email protected]>.
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