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Bug 590700 - No dictionaries?
Summary: No dictionaries?
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: aspell
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
: ---
Assignee: Ivana Varekova
QA Contact:
: 713220 724017 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-05-10 14:08 UTC by Paul Howarth
Modified: 2015-05-20 13:43 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-05-11 09:50:31 UTC
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Description Paul Howarth 2010-05-10 14:08:35 UTC
EL-6 beta includes aspell but not the separate language packages with the dictionaries. Is aspell any use without the dictionaries? Without even aspell-en, I'll need to build that myself to build any package that (for instance) uses aspell in its test suite.

Comment 2 RHEL Product and Program Management 2010-05-10 15:40:43 UTC
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Hat Enterprise Linux major release.  Product Management has requested further
review of this request by Red Hat Engineering, for potential inclusion in a Red
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Comment 3 Ivana Varekova 2010-05-11 09:50:31 UTC
aspell is the build requirance for several packages.

Comment 4 Paul Howarth 2010-05-11 09:59:58 UTC
I appreciate that but my question is: what use is the aspell support in these packages if there are no dictionaries to check against?

Comment 5 Bill Nottingham 2010-05-11 16:32:19 UTC
aspell is only included as a build requirement for hunspell dictionaries. All apps in RHEL use hunspell as their supported spell checker; it's recommended that other apps do the same wherever possible.

Comment 6 Paul Howarth 2010-06-24 13:57:39 UTC
One of my packages in EPEL is perl-Text-SpellChecker, which is built on perl-Text-Aspell, the perl binding for aspell. It needs the English dictionary for its test suite, as do most of the perl modules that use it.

I wondered if it would be possible to patch it to use hunspell instead and the obvious way to do that would have been to use Text::Hunspell (the official perl binding of hunspell, instead of Text::Aspell. Unfortunately Text::Hunspell doesn't actually work, segfaulting as soon as you actually try to use it ( I contacted the maintainer of Text::Hunspell, who said:

  "I spent 3 full days with that problem, and the best result
   I got is the crash you write about."

  "I have no idea, how to get that fixed; I assume, some modification
   in hunspell caused the perl interface to break."

  "I am really sorry for this."

  "Best, eleonora"

The simplest option would seem to me to be to add aspell-en in EPEL-6 to resolve this. I am prepared to look after this if the Fedora maintainer doesn't want it.

Or does anyone have a better suggestion?

Comment 7 Paul Howarth 2010-09-22 21:05:36 UTC
Update: perl-Text-Hunspell has a new maintainer who has made it work with recent releases. It's packaged and built in Fedora, and branched for EPEL-6.

Also, perl-Text-SpellChecker now has support for a hunspell backend (via perl-Text-Hunspell) as an alternative to aspell.

Only sticking point ... RHEL-6 Server Beta 2 refresh seems to contain hunspell dictionaries for just about every language on the planet - except English(!), which is only available in RHEL-6 Workstation at the moment. Is this intended? Surely not? I need this package to build (and use) perl-Text-Hunspell in EPEL-6 and of course users of on RHEL-6 Server will most likely want it too...

Should I open a separate bug for this?

Comment 8 Ivana Varekova 2010-09-23 07:40:06 UTC
Please create a new bug report to this issue.

Comment 9 Paul Howarth 2010-09-23 08:07:31 UTC
Raised as Bug #636763, thanks.

Comment 10 Ivana Varekova 2011-06-15 03:38:29 UTC
*** Bug 713220 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 11 Jay Berkenbilt 2011-06-15 15:13:35 UTC
I'd also point out that emacs's flyspell-mode uses aspell by default, though it can be configured to use hunspell.

Comment 12 Bill Nottingham 2011-06-15 18:48:09 UTC
Jay - can you file that as a new bug against emacs? We should just configure it to use hunspell out of the box.

Comment 13 Jay Berkenbilt 2011-06-15 21:02:14 UTC
Done -- see bug 713600.

Comment 14 Peter Schiffer 2011-11-02 13:26:29 UTC
*** Bug 724017 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

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