Bug#451565: jed-extra: no Suggests dependency on ispell

Rafael Laboissiere rafael at debian.org
Sat Nov 17 14:21:47 UTC 2007

* Jörg Sommer <joerg at alea.gnuu.de> [2007-11-17 14:17]:

> I don't think it is a good suggestion. I found only one package in
> Debian that does so:
> [snip]
> And if you start with this, where will you stop? svn, cvs, gcc, make,
> sendmail, …

This is a sensible comment.  I think I tend to agree with you.

> There should be an error message that tells “ispell not found,” but
> nothing more.

Yes, the current ispell.sl give cryptic error messages when ispell/aspell is
not installed :

  * In the *ispell* buffer:
       execvp of aspell failed!

  * In the echo area:
       Ispell crashed!

This two messages give the false impression that aspell/isepll was launched
and crashed.

Paul, could you add a test for the existence of the aspell/spell program in
start_ispell_process and send the warning message Jörg suggests above?

(See /http://bugs.debian.org/451565 for the context of this message.)


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