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

Paul Boekholt p.boekholt at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 15:34:21 UTC 2007

2007/11/17, Rafael Laboissiere <rafael at debian.org>:
> 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?

Testing for the existence of ispell/aspell is not that easy, as the mode
should also work under Windows. I've changed the error message - if it says
"execvp" in the *ispell* buffer, it now says "could not start ispell".

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