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Re: Which spell checkers to include by default?

Petter Reinholdtsen <pere@hungry.com> writes:
> [Brian M. Carlson]

>> Note that the w* packages provide word lists, which are important to
>> many programs.  One could argue that a standard Unix system should
>> have a word list; at least, every Unix system I have used provides
>> one.

> OK.  Which programs?  I was only aware of ispell.

Any program that needs a source of words for some reason, or even just
users.  One of the users I support picks machine names to fit a naming
scheme of first letter and word length by grepping /usr/share/dict/words.
I have test suites that use the word list as input to test hash table
routines.  It's a quick way to answer trivia questions or search for
proper names.  Etc.

It's not a set of applications that's horribly compelling in terms of core
system functionality, but it's one of those things that's Always Been
There and hence is surprising if it's not.

See previous thread about old Unix users and what we expect.  :)

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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