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Bug 555428

Summary: Proposal: generate /usr/share/dict/words from installed dictionaries like aspell/hunspell instead of relying on sys-apps/miscfiles
Product: Gentoo Linux Reporter: Coacher <itumaykin+gentoo>
Component: [OLD] UnspecifiedAssignee: Gentoo's Team for Core System packages <base-system>
Status: UNCONFIRMED ---    
Severity: enhancement    
Priority: Lowest    
Version: unspecified   
Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---

Description Coacher 2015-07-20 08:41:19 UTC

Currently /usr/share/dict/words files is available from sys-apps/miscfiles package. Unfortunately miscfiles repository looks dead. On the other hand many users who care about spell checking already have aspell/hunspell installed.

Some modern programs rely on /usr/share/dict/words file for spell checking (for example It would be nice to install a more modern dictionary for such programs and to avoid pulling a collection of antique BSD files. We can generate this file from installed aspell/hunspell dictionaries.

ArchLinux distro uses aspell dictionaries to provide such file (see A similar approach should work for hunspell (there exist a bugreport regarding this on hunspell sourceforge page, but the site is down atm).

We can refine ArchLinux approach: generate words file for each lang in LINGUAS, then put a symlink to the first one, which is considered default (ArchLinux generates words files for a limited numbers of languages only and determines the default one based on the LANG value).

I can work on the needed additions for aspell and hunspell packages if someone is interested.

But I don't see how to resolve a conflict between aspell and hunspell if we choose to generate words files for both of them.

Reproducible: Always
Comment 1 Coacher 2015-07-20 08:47:39 UTC
Also project exist, which provides a limited number of words files and is used in Debian.