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ASPELL(1)                        Aspell Abbreviated User's Manual                       ASPELL(1)

       aspell - interactive spell checker

       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 dic‐
       tionaries, 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       This manual page is maintained separately from the official documentation so it may be out
       of date or incomplete.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:

       usage, -?
              Send a brief Aspell Utility usage message to standard output.  This is a short sum‐
              mary listing more common spell-check commands and options.

       help   Send a detailed Aspell Utility help message to standard output.  This is a complete
              list showing all commands, options, filters and dictionaries.

       version, -v
              Print version number of Aspell Library and Utility to standard output.

       check <file>, -c <file>
              Spell-check a single file.

       pipe, -a
              Run Aspell in ispell -a compatibility mode.

       list   Produce a list of misspelled words from standard input.

       [dump] config
              Dump all current configuration options to standard output.

       config <key>
              Send the current value of <key> to standard output.

              Output the soundslike equivalent of each word entered.

       munch  Generate possible root words and affixes from an input list of words.

       expand [1-4]
              Expands the affix flags of each affix compressed word entered.

       clean [strict]
              Cleans an input word list so that every line is a valid word.

       munch-list [simple] [single|multi] [keep]
              Reduce the size of a word list via affix compression.

       conv <from> <to> [<norm-form>]
              Converts <from> one encoding <to> another.

       norm (<norm-map>|<from> <norm-map> <to>) [<norm-form>]
              Perform Unicode normalization.

       [dump] dicts|filters|modes
              Lists available dictionaries, filters, or modes.

       dump|create|merge master|personal|repl <wordlist>
              dump, create, or merge a master, personal, or replacement word list.

       The  following  options  may  be  used  to  control which dictionaries to use and how they

       --master=<name>, -d <name>
              Base name of the dictionary to use.  If this option is specified then  Aspell  will
              either use this dictionary or die.

              Location of the main dictionary word list.

       --lang=<string>, -l <string>
              Language  to use.  It follows the same format of the LANG environmental variable on
              most systems. It consists of the two letter ISO 639 language code and  an  optional
              two  letter  ISO 3166 country code after a dash or underscore. The default value is
              based on the value of the LC_MESSAGES locale.

              The preferred size of the dictionary word list.  This consists of a two char  digit
              code  describing  the  size of the list, with typical values of: 10=tiny, 20=really
              small, 30=small, 40=med-small, 50=med, 60=med-large, 70=large, 80=huge, 90=insane.

              Any extra information to distinguish this variety of dictionary from other  dictio‐
              naries which may have the same lang and size.

              Please  use the variety option since it replaces jargon as a better choice.  jargon
              will be removed in the future.

       --word-list-path=<list of directories>
              Search path for word list information files.

       --personal=<file>, -p <file>
              Personal word list file name.

              Replacements list file name.

              Extra dictionaries to use.

              This option is not yet implemented.

       These options control the behavior of Aspell when checking documents.

       --ignore=<integer>, -W <integer>
              Ignore words <= <integer> characters in length.

       --ignore-case, --dont-ignore-case
              Ignore case when checking words.

       --ignore-repl, --dont-ignore-repl
              Ignore commands to store replacement pairs.

       --save-repl, --dont-save-repl
              Save the replacement word list on save all.

              Suggestion <mode> = ultra|fast|normal|bad-spellers

       These options modify the behavior of the various filters.

       --add-filter=<list>, --rem-filter=<list>
              Add or remove a filter.

       --add-filter-path=<paths>, --rem-filter-path=<paths>
              Add or remove paths searched for filters.

       --mode=<string>, -e, -H, -t, -n
              Sets the filter mode.  Mode is one of none, url, email, html, tex  or  nroff.   The
              alternative  shortcut  options are '-e' for email, '-H' for Html/Sgml, '-t' for Tex
              or '-n' for Nroff.

              encoding the document is expected to be in.  The default  depends  on  the  current

       --add-email-quote=<list>, --rem-email-quote=<list>
              Add or Remove a list of email quote characters.

              Number of chars that can appear before the quote char.

       --add-html-check=<list>, --rem-html-check=<list>
              Add  or remove a list of HTML attributes to always check.  For example, look inside
              alt= tags.

       --add-html-skip=<list>, --rem-html-skip=<list>
              Add or remove a list of HTML attributes to always skip while spell checking.

       --add-sgml-check=<list>, --rem-sgml-check=<list>
              Add or remove a list of SGML attributes to always check for spelling.

       --add-sgml-skip=<list>, --rem-sgml-skip=<list>
              Add or remove a list of SGML attributes to always skip while spell checking.

              SGML file extensions.

       --tex-check-comments, --dont-tex-check-comments
              Check TeX comments.

       --add-tex-command=<list>, --rem-tex-command=<list>
              Add or Remove a list of TeX commands.

       These may be used to control the behavior of run-together words.

       --run-together, --dont-run-together, -C, -B
              Consider run-together words valid.

              Maximum number of words that can be strung together.

              Minimal length of interior words.

       Miscellaneous options that don't fall under any other category.

       --conf=<file name>
              Main configuration file.  This file overrides Aspell's global defaults.

              Location of main configuration file.

              Location of language data files.

              Use this keyboard layout for suggesting possible words.  These spelling errors hap‐
              pen if a user accidently presses a key next to the intended correct key.

              Alternative  location  of  language  data files.  This directory is searched before

              Directory Location for personal wordlist files.

       --per-conf=<file name>
              Personal configuration file.  This file overrides options found in the global  con‐
              fig file.

       These options are part of the aspell Utility and work independently of the library.

       --backup, --dont-backup, -b, -x
              The  aspell  utility  creates  a backup file by making a copy and appending .bak to
              file name.  This only applies when the command is check <file> and the backup  file
              is only created if any spelling modifications take place.

       --byte-offsets, --dont-byte-offsets
              Use byte offsets instead of character offsets.

       --guess, --dont-guess, -m, -P
              Create missing root/affix combinations not in the dictionary in pipe mode.

       --keymapping=aspell, --keymapping=ispell
              The  keymapping  to use, either aspell for the default mapping or ispell to use the
              same mapping that the Ispell utility uses.

       --reverse, --dont-reverse
              Reverse the order of the suggestions list in pipe mode.

       --suggest, --dont-suggest
              Suggest possible replacements in pipe mode. If false, Aspell will simply report the
              misspelling and make no attempt at suggestions or possible corrections.

       --time, --dont-time
              Time the load time and suggest a time in pipe mode.

       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  environ‐
       mental variable override those specified by either configuration file.

       Each line of the configuration file has the format:

              option [value]

       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:

              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.

       aspell-import(1), prezip-bin(1), run-with-aspell(1), word-list-compress(1)

       Aspell is fully documented in its Texinfo manual.  See the `aspell' entry in info for more
       complete documentation.

       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 <pyro AT debian.org> based on the Aspell  User's
       Manual,  Copyright  ©  2002  Kevin  Atkinson.   Updated  Nov  2006 by Jose Da Silva <digi‐
       tal AT joescat.com>, and Dec 2006 by Kevin Atkinson <kevina AT gnu.org>.

GNU                                         2006-12-10                                  ASPELL(1)

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