In FreeBSD; the SpellCheck doesn't work for me.
For example I installed midori from the ports. In dependencies it installed enchantand enchant had the option for some dictionary (i.e. Hspell, Aspell ...). I went with aspell. I even installed aspell-endictionary. But at the end I have no spell check in FreeBSD.

  • Is it only in midori that you have no spell check, or is it in other programs too? – Jenny D Mar 3 '14 at 8:01
  • Jenny D in midori in xchat any place aspell could be used – r004 Mar 3 '14 at 8:04

I was having the same issue on FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE, to fix it you need to install textproc/en-aspell or textproc/en-hunspell depending on the program using it.

The solution was first posted by zeissoctopus on FreeBSD forums: https://forums.freebsd.org/viewtopic.php?&t=41013

The/usr/ports/UPDATING stated an update for aspell port:

  AFFECTS: users of textproc/aspell
  AUTHOR: bapt@FreeBSD.org

  textproc/aspell no longer installs the english dictionary. If you need it
  please install textproc/en-aspell.

Afterwards restart the program which needs aspell or hunspell.


I don't know about FreeBSD, but I know a lot of traditional *NIX applications expect the spell checking program to be called ispell. Is there an ispell in your path? Linux, traditionally, made ispell to the relatively more modern aspell (the whole ispell interface is now considered obsolete in Linux and they have replaced it with some kind of Gnome monstrosity, but that's another story for another day).

  • no go on ispell – r004 Mar 3 '14 at 13:13
  • If you symlink ispell to aspell ln -s $( which aspell ) /usr/bin/ispell, aspell should work like ispell and be compatible with more applications. – samiam Mar 4 '14 at 2:53

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