Introduction to Ispell

The ispell package contains a spell checker that can handle international languages.

Package Information

Installation of Ispell

The first step is to create local.h.

sed -e "s:/usr/local:/usr:g" -e "s:/lib:/share/ispell:" \
    local.h.linux > local.h

By default, ispell only installs an American English dictionary. To set up other languages, check out the config.X file for the #define entry to append to local.h.

Build ispell using the following commands:


To test the build, issue: make test.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -e "s:/usr/local:/usr:g" -e "s:/lib:/share/ispell:" local.h.linux > local.h: This command corrects the installation directories of the package.


Installed Program: ispell
Installed Libraries: None
Installed Directory: /usr/share/ispell

Short Descriptions


is used for spell checking.

Last updated on 2005-08-01 13:29:19 -0600