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       aspell - interactive spell checker

       aspell [options] <command>

       aspell is a utility that can function as an ispell -a replacement, as
       an independent spell checker, as a test utility to test out Aspell
       features, and as a utility for managing dictionaries.

       <command> is one of:

              display the help message

       -c,check file
              to spell-check a file

              ispell -a compatibility mode

       list   produce a list of misspelled words from standard input

       [dump] config
              dump the current configuration to stdout

       config key
              print the current value of an option

              return the soundslike equivalent for each word entered

       filter pass standard input through the same set of filters that would
              be used to spell check a document

              print version number and exit

       dump|create|merge master|personal|repl wordlist
              dump, create, or merge a master, personal, or replacement word

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

              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 word list

              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 word list

              an extra information to distinguish two different words lists
              that have the same lang and size.

              search path for word list information files

              list of available modules, modules that come first on this list
              have a higher priority. Currently there is only one speller

              personal word list file name

              replacements list file name

              extra dictionaries to use.

              strip accents from all words in the dictionary

       These options control the behavior of Aspell when checking documents.

              ignore words <= n chars

              ignore case when checking words

              ignore accents when checking words

              ignore commands to store replacement pairs

              save the replacement word list on save allkeyboard (file) the
              base name of the keyboard definition file to use (see section

              suggestion mode = ultra | fast | normal | bad-spellers

       These options modify the behavior of the various filters.

              add or removes a filter

              sets the filter mode. Mode is one if none, url, email, sgml, or
              tex. (The short cut options '-e' may be used for email, '-H' for
              Html/Sgml, or '-t' for Tex)

              The encoding the input text is in. Valid values are ``utf-8'',
              ``iso8859-*'', ``koi8-r'', ``viscii'', ``cp1252'', ``machine
              unsigned 16'', ``machine unsigned 32''. However, the Aspell
              utility will currently only function correctly with 8-bit
              encodings. utf-8 support is planned for the future. The two
              ``machine unsigned'' encodings are intended to be used by other
              programs using the Aspell library and it is unlikely the Aspell
              utility will ever support these encodings.

              email quote characters

              number of chars that can appear before the quote char

              SGML attributes to always check

              SGML file extensions

              TeX commands

              check TeX comments

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

              consider run-together words legal

              maximum numbers that can be strung together

              minimal length of interior words

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

              main configuration file

              location of main configuration file

              location of language data files

              alternative location of language data files. This directory is
              searched before data-dir. It defaults to the same directory the
              actual main word list is in (which is not necessarily dict-dir).

              location for personal files

              personal configuration file

              prefix directory

              create a backup file by appending .bak to the file name. Only
              applies when the command is check.

              time load time and suggest time in pipe mode.

              reverse the order of the suggestions list

              the keymapping to use, either aspell for the default mapping or
              ispell to use the same mapping that the ispell utility uses

       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 also accept options via a personal or global configuration
       file. The exact files to used are specified by the options per-conf and
       conf respectfully but the personal configuration file is normally
       .aspell.conf located in the $HOME directory.  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 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.  Values set in the personal configuration file override those
       in the global file. Options specified at either the command line or via
       an environmental variable override those specified by either
       configuration file.

       The global configuration file for Aspell is /etc/aspell.conf and the
       per user configuration file is ~/.aspell.conf

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

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

       This manual page was written by Brian Nelson <> based on
       the Aspell User's Manual, Copyright © 2002 Kevin Atkinson.

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