[OS X TeX] Excalibur with MacTeX 2017 and High Sierra

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Feb 19 16:49:04 EST 2018

> On Feb 19, 2018, at 3:15 PM, François Chaplais <francois.chaplais at mines-paristech.fr> wrote:
> I have downloaded cocoAspell and when I open the spell preferences pane it fails to compile the english dictionary. I am on 10.12.6 (16G1212) with admin rights.. Moreover, its states that with a blocking modal dialog that renders the system preferences unusable. Do the dictionaries require XCode as there is a makefile in the dictionary folder?
> Excalibur works right out of the box.
> Best regards
> François
>> Le 19 févr. 2018 à 16:59, Richard Koch <koch at uoregon.edu> a écrit :
>> I do not know the answer to this question, since the author stopped updating it
>> long ago. I recommend cocoAspell instead.
>> Excalibur is written with Carbon, a 32 bit library, and Apple is discouraging 32 bit apps
>> in the latest High Sierra update (not yet released). This will continue for one or two years
>> and then they will drop support for 32 bit apps.
>> We are discussing when to stop providing Excalibur. No conclusions yet.
>> Dick Koch
>> koch at uoregon.edu
>>> On Feb 19, 2018, at 4:53 AM, Hervé CHOPLIN <herve.choplin at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> Is Excalibur (spell checker) is compatible with MacTeX 2017 and MacOs High Sierra.
>>> A Colleague at University of Tours France had problems with it
>>> Thank’s
>>> Hervé CHOPLIN
>>> 37100 TOURS - France
>>> e-mail: herve.choplin at gmail.com


Enclosed is a document that should help you get the dictionaries installed without installing XCode. You will install the Command Line utilities but they take upi very little room on the HD.

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Herb Schulz
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