Title : Aspell to check spelling
Author: Solène
Date : 12 February 2019
Tags : unix
I never used a command line utility to check the spelling in my texts because I
did not know how to do. After taking five minutes to learn how to do it, I feel
guilty about not having used it before as it is really simple.
First, you want to install aspell package, which may be already there pulled as
a dependency. In order to proceed on OpenBSD it's easy:
# pkg_add aspell
I will only explain how to use it on text files. I think it is possible to have
some integration with text editors but then, it would be more relevant to check
out the editor documentation.
If I want to check the spelling in my file *draft.txt* it is as simple as:
$ aspell -l en_EN -c draft.txt
The parameter `-l en_EN` will depend of your locale, I have fr_FR.UTF-8 so aspell
uses it by default if I don't enforce another language. With this command, aspell
will make an interactive display in the terminal
The output looks like this, with the word **ful** highlighted which I can not
render in my article.
It's ful of mistakkes!
I dont know how to type corectly!
1) flu 6) FL
2) foul 7) fl
3) fuel 8) UL
4) full 9) fol
5) furl 0) fur
i) Ignore I) Ignore all
r) Replace R) Replace all
a) Add l) Add Lower
b) Abort x) Exit
?
I am asked how I want to resolve the issue with **ful**, as I wanted to write
**full**, I will type 4 and aspell will replace the word **ful** with **full**.
This will automatically jump to the next error found, **mistakkes** in my case:
It's full of mistakkes!
I dont know how to type corectly!
1) mistakes 6) misstates
2) mistake's 7) mistimes
3) mistake 8) mistypes
4) mistaken 9) stake's
5) stakes 0) Mintaka's
i) Ignore I) Ignore all
r) Replace R) Replace all
a) Add l) Add Lower
b) Abort x) Exit
?
and it will continue until there are no errors left, then the file is saved
with the changes.
I will use aspell everyday from now.