[Dict-common-dev] Deadline for ispell dictionaries and wordlists transition to new policy

Agustín Martín Domingo agmartin@aq.upm.es
Mon, 07 Oct 2002 17:01:15 +0200

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Agust=EDn Mart=EDn Domingo wrote:
 > Hi all,
 > As promised, these are the dates for the ispell dictionaries
 > and wordlist packages (IDWP) transition to the new policy:

Also, find below a draft for an announce to debian-devel, to be sent
after bugs are filed. As usually, corrections are welcome.

I have seen that I currently have no bugs sent under agmartin@aq.upm.es,
so I will use that address for filing the bugs as "dictionaries common
team". Since that address is already in most lists used by spammers we
avoid giving them another address to spam (that from dict-common-cvs).
To verify at any time the transition status, just check


I have just checked with spanish the mechanism for bug submission and
everything seems working.



Agustin Martin Domingo, Dpto. de Fisica, ETS Arquitectura Madrid,
(U. Politecnica de Madrid)  tel: +34 91-336-6536, Fax: +34 91-336-6554,
email:agmartin@aq.upm.es, http://corbu.aq.upm.es/~agmartin/welcome.html

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Hi all,

We are happy to announce that the transition to the new policy=20
for ispell dictionaries and wordlists will start next Monday=20
October 14th. Although some aspell stuff has been included in the=20
policy document the specified deadline does not affect aspell=20
dictionary packages, which can be worked later in a smooth way=20
without the need of a specific deadline. aspell dictionaries=20
maintainers are invited to collaborate in the full integration=20
of aspell into the policy.

During the process you might experience some inconsistencies, since=20
the new system is incompatible with the old one:

- New policy packages will not be installable until package=20
  dictionaries-common is installed, some days after that date.=20
  That way we expect to have most ispell dictionary and wordlist=20
  packages updated by the time it is installed.

- As soon as dictionaries-common is installed in the repository,=20
  it will conflict with all old style packages, so you will be=20
  prompted to remove them. Packages that are not updated will have=20
  a serious bug against them, so no need to file additional bugs.

What is new with this system?

1) Full debconf support.=20
2) [X]Emacs pop-up menus now work correctly for ispell and are=20
   rebuilt after installation of the ispell dictionaries packages,=20
   showing only entries for installed dictionaries. This should=20
   work in all emacs flavors.=20
3) Jed support, in a similar manner as the emacsen support.
4) Mutt support has also been added, which relies on a ispell-wrapper
   script, which can also be used standalone (it sets automatically
   the -w and -d options of ispell according to the language chosen
   by the user).
5) pspell support. ispell dictionaries can now be used cleanly by all=20
   programs using pspell, like abiword. This also forced to recompile=20
   ispell with MAXSTRINGCHARS=3D128, so old ispell hashes will no=20
   longer work.

Where do I get more info about the system?

Please visit the web site at:


After dictionaries-common packages are uploaded to Debian, a copy of=20
the policy will be available at dictionaries-common-dev package. Above=20
mentioned web site will then be used for experimental versions.

We sincerely hope you enjoy the new system,

  Your dictionaries-common team:

  Rafael Laboissi=E8re,
  David Coe,
  Agust=EDn Mart=EDn Domingo=20