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Bug#561089: ispell: segfaults on checking any file

Package: ispell
Severity: grave
Justification: renders package unusable

When I try to spell check any file ispell simply segfaults. When I
invoke it without arguments it prints the help text. To find out whether
this was a recent regression I downgraded the package, but that did not
help. This indicates that the cause may be unrelated to ispell. I also
ran gdb on a core file from ispell, but the traceback did not reveal
anything useful. Running strace in ispell shows that it uses curses to
set up the terminal and then segfaults right after reading the file to
be checked.

Is there anything else I can do to help diagnose this?


-- System Information:
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=de_DE (charmap=ISO-8859-1)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages ispell depends on:
ii  dictionaries-common       1.4.0          Common utilities for spelling dict
ii  dpkg                   Debian package management system
ii  ingerman [ispell-dictiona 20091006-2     New German orthography dictionary 
ii  install-info              4.13a.dfsg.1-5 Manage installed documentation in 
ii  libc6                     2.10.2-2       GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libncurses5               5.7+20090803-2 shared libraries for terminal hand

Versions of packages ispell recommends:
ii  wamerican [wordlist]          6-3        American English dictionary words 
ii  wngerman [wordlist]           20091006-2 New German orthography wordlist

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