Bug#401969: please build using hunspell

Davide Prina davide.prina at gmail.com
Sat Dec 9 11:04:57 CET 2006

Rene Engelhard wrote:
 > MySpell is obsolete.
 > Please build against Hunspell, which is an improved version of MySpell
 > retaining full backwards compatibility. That also would make the usage
 > of hunspell-de-* in iceweasel possible.

probably not so full backwards compatibility.

 > [ The Problem is that hunspell-de-* is an improved version of the
 > MySpell dict for hunspell and it's working in OOo since it uses
 > Hunspell

also Italian dictionary in Debian is a very old release ... so obsolete 
than a lot of people ask me to correct a lot of errors, errors that are 
already corrected in the last version.
I think that Debian is the last GNU/Linux distro that have a so old 
Itailian dictionary version.

The last Italian dictionary under GPL license can be downloaded from 
here (2.3 beta 23/07/2006):

I have reported a whishlist for that #329971 at Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 
23:04:33 +0200

For Italian language there is also a surname dictionary, also it under 
GPL, that can be found here:

I don't see the hurry to have hunspell used on all programs ... if it is 
so hard or impossible to have recent dictionaries in Debian that are 
other languages than English or maintainer mother language.

Mike Hommey wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 08, 2006 at 10:58:11PM +0100, Rene Engelhard wrote:
>> Mike Hommey wrote:

>>> if there happens to be a security bug in hunspell ?

>> I am sure there won't be, but if it happens it happens. There's some
>> static libs in Debian where this is the case, afaik. Of course. not having to
>> do that is better, but...
>>> How do buildds feel to have to rebuild iceape, iceweasel, icedove, OOo
>>> and enchant for every hunspell upload ?
>> You don't have to.
> So when you fix bugs in hunspell, you want to leave the bugs in the
> programs that are statically linked to it. How great.

I have reported some hunspell bugs to László (I don't know if some can 
be security bugs). I don't know if they are already corrected (László 
have told me: "I hope, I will solve the problem this month for OOo 2.1").
For example hunspell can generate more strings or more time the same 
string than myspell starting from the same dictionary.

For hunspell there isn't a program that expand all the dictionary, so it 
is very hard to know if it work as you expected.


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