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GNU Aspell

GNU Aspell is a spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell. It can either be used as a library or as an independent spell checker. Its main feature is that it does a superior job of suggesting possible replacements for a misspelled word than just about any other spell checker out there for the English language. Unlike Ispell, Aspell can also easily check documents in UTF-8 without having to use a special dictionary. Aspell will also do its best to respect the current locale setting. Other advantages over Ispell include support for using multiple dictionaries at once and intelligently handling personal dictionaries when more than one Aspell process is open at once.

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Recent releases

  •  06 Jan 2005 08:38

    Release Notes: Foreign language support and compilation bugs were fixed.

    •  27 Aug 2004 14:54

      Release Notes: The two major changes in this release are support for affix compression and better Unicode support. Other significant changes include an enhanced SGML filter, support for loadable filters, and customizable filter modes.

      •  15 Mar 2003 07:06

        No changes have been submitted for this release.

        •  13 Jan 2003 06:17

          Release Notes: This version includes minor build- and bugfixes.

          •  10 Oct 2002 17:34

            Release Notes: Several important bugfixes.

            Recent comments

            19 Aug 2008 19:06 mikeus

            Prolems with Russian
            I just read this post ( where you can see problems in Russian spell checking. It's trying to change "megapixel" on "gay".

            07 Feb 2000 13:04 kevina

            Re: Failure on three different Solaris machines with latest (.28.3)
            I'm sorry that should be --disable-shared

            07 Feb 2000 08:58 kevina

            Re: Failure on three different Solaris machines with latest (.28.3)
            Try ./configure --disable-static.

            22 Nov 1999 12:01 shaman

            Failure on three different Solaris machines with latest (.28.3)
            make[2]: Entering directory `/src/aspell-.28.3/data'
            ../src/aspell --lang=english --data-dir=. create master ./english < english.wl
            Abort - core dumped


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