[OS X TeX] Spell checker

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Mon Apr 30 05:56:31 EDT 2007

Am 30.04.2007 um 01:27 schrieb George Gratzer:

> As you an imagine, my book has infinitely many \ref and \index  
> commands.
> In Filters, I choose TeX/LaTeX. \ref{} is already listed, so I add  
> \index.

Did you write \index{}?

> The first index command is
> \index{pcs@\pc{}s}
> pcs gets selected.
> Next is [...]

Could be I had similar encounters that I dropped aspell!

I am not sure whether the aspell process in the background was ever  
restarted or whether it simply continued to run after a change in the  
preference pane. In the latter case some mechanism would need to  
exist that resets aspell's behaviour, teaches it the change. It might  
be worth to log off and in again after a change of preference  
settings. Or, if your own working environment is a bit complicated,  
create a second, simple, account, allow it to modify your book, and  
then experiment with aspell in this account to find out whether a  
real restart of aspell makes it learn the additions.

A command like

	top -l 1 | grep -i spell

would show which "spell" processes are running. Top makes no  
distinction who is owning the process, it reports /that/ there's  
something running. For me for example:

	  395 AppleSpell   0.0%  0:22.60   1    70    46  2.11M  2.01M   
3.51M  39.3M

The first number is the unique process id (pid), the next string is  
the process' name, in my example Apple's default buggy spell checker.  
Using this simple command would show whether the pid of aspell  
changes when preference settings change or when the user logs off and  
in again. Maybe quitting SystemPreferences does a job like logging  
off and in again ...

Finally Anton Leuski can be asked. And you could write another  
chapter about LaTeX aware spell checkers ...



"I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but  
they've always worked for me."
                                           -- Hunter S. Thompson

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