[OS X Emacs] aquamacs - installing ispell/aspell

Nathaniel Cunningham nathaniel.cunningham at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 13:39:23 EST 2008

Ah, I have remembered now that the [variant] dictionaries are not complete
dictionaries -- they contain only variants of a subset of words from the
main English dictionaries.  (Hence they get treated slightly differently
from other English dictionaries in Aquamacs's version of ispell.el, in that
they aren't automatically selected as a default dictionary.)  See
the end of the page)

Next steps to take:
1) Please select a standalone dictionary in cocoAspell and we'll go from
there.  I have had no trouble with English (United States) [w_accents].  Try
selecting that one alone.
2) Re-start Aquamacs.
3) Use Help-->Diagnose and Report Bug-->Start Aquamacs Without
4) in a buffer with text, M-x ispell

If this doesn't work, let's take this discussion off the list to sort things
out.  Check the value of ispell-dictionary-alist; if it's the same flood of
languages (the default ispell list, with no relation to what you actually
have installed!), that gives me a place to start.


On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM, sergio <sergio at village-buzz.com> wrote:

> Click on "below" or scroll down in the help window to see the actual value.
>>  Hopefully it has one default (nil) entry with associated settings, and one
>> for each of your chosen dictionaries, English [variant 1] and [variant 0].
> okay, this looks interesting..
> i hit below, and there is a FLOOD of languages entered..
> but no English [variant 1] or [variant 0].
>  Try changing dictionaries within Aquamacs -- use the Edit-->Spelling menu
>> or M-x ispell-change-dictionary, hit spacebar to see your options, and click
>> one of the non-default choices.  Then try spell-checking again.
> did this...
> got:
> ad-Orig-error: Error: No word lists can be found for the language "en_US".
>  By the way, I believe your cocoAspell preferences will only be checked
>> when ispell is first started, so you will have to re-start Aquamacs (or M-x
>> unload-feature ispell) and re-start ispell if you want changes to be
>> registered.
> i have been restarting after each  time i goofed with it..
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