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GNU Aspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker designed to eventually replace Ispell.

Compilation (V0.60.6.1)

Needs perl, C++.


I found this package to be seriously broken. To configure/compile properly:
  1. gen/static_filters.src.cpp is built with empty static arrays. To avoid this, in modules/filter/ and modules/filter/ add a dummy entry
       OPTION ignore
       TYPE list
       DESCRIPTION   dummy
       DEFAULT dummy
    Feel free to insert something more useful.
  2. Some definitions in interfaces/cc/aspell.h don't play well with those in common/errors.hpp. As a workaround disable them for C++ compilation:
       #ifndef __cplusplus
       extern const struct AspellErrorInfo * const aerror_other;
       extern const struct AspellErrorInfo * const   aerror_invalid_expression;
  3. More grief is caused by the ncurses library used for the full screen mode, including UTF-8 support. It doesn't seem properly accounted for in the build procedure, which causes compilation of prog/check_funs.cpp to fail. Thus in add the path to the ncurses include files:
       AM_CPPFLAGS = -I${srcdir}/gen -I${srcdir}/common \
    	   -I${srcdir}/interfaces/cc/ \
    	   -I${srcdir}/modules/speller/default/ $(CURSES_INCLUDE) $(CURSES_INCLUDE)/ncursesw \
    Moreover, the configure/build procedure assumes a header file curses.h, which might "attract" an inappropriate version, for example /usr/include/curses.h. As a workaround I took the freedom to modify the ncurses installation:
       cd /bio/local/ncurses-5.9/include/ncursesw
       ln -s ncurses.h curses.h
  4. Omit -D_LARGE_FILES because it can't cope with it.
With these modifications the build should proceed like this:
   make distclean
               # AIX 5.2/5.3/6.1/7.1, C 6/12.0/12.0/12.0
   ./configure --prefix=/tmp/aspell-
               CC=cc CPPFLAGS="-D_THREAD_SAFE" CFLAGS="-O2"
               --enable-static --disable-shared --disable-rpath
               --enable-curses="-L/bio/local/ncurses-5.9/lib -lncursesw"
   make install

Last updated: Thu Apr 10 20:07:25 CED 2014 , M.Kraemer