Bug#490987: [aspell, dictionaries-common] VIM spellcheck

James Vega jamessan at debian.org
Thu Jul 17 14:04:39 UTC 2008

On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 12:59:39PM +0200, Agustin Martin wrote:
> I would have preferred  vim spellchecking
> support being done through libaspell or libhunspell (or through enchant to be
> spellchecker independent) or at least reuse the same previous dictionary formats
> (raw myspell or hunspell or aspell hashes), instead of a different incompatible
> format (the hashes created by vim from the myspell dicts).

RedHat distributes a patched version of Vim that uses libhunspell.  When
I found out about that, I spent a little time looking at patching Vim to
use enchant.  At the time, I decided to leave things as is because it
seemed that Vim's spellchecking was much more accurate than aspell,
ispell, etc. on their own and I didn't have enough time to really dig in
and come up with a proper patch.

If/when I do revisit the issue, I think it'd be best to do some
comparative testing to see how RH's patched version performs relative to
Vim's native spellchecking.  If they're equitable, then move forward and
try to implement a proper patch (not using hard-coded paths, as RH does)
using one of the spell libraries (likely enchant).

GPG Key: 1024D/61326D40 2003-09-02 James Vega <jamessan at debian.org>
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