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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for spell (netbsd section 1)

SPELL(1)			   BSD General Commands Manual				 SPELL(1)

NAME
     spell -- find spelling errors

SYNOPSIS
     spell [-biltvx] [-d list] [-h spellhist] [-m a | e | l | m | s] [-s stop] [+extra_list]
	   [file ...]

DESCRIPTION
     spell collects words from the named documents and looks them up in a spelling list.  Words
     that neither occur among nor are derivable (by applying certain inflections, prefixes or
     suffixes) from words in the spelling list are printed on the standard output.

     If no files are named, words are collected from the standard input.  spell ignores most
     troff(1), tbl(1), eqn(1), and pic(1) constructions.  Copies of all output may be accumulated
     in the history file, if one is specified.

     By default, spell (like deroff(1)) follows chains of included files (``.so'' and ``.nx''
     commands)).

     The default spelling list is based on Webster's Second International dictionary and should
     be fairly complete.  Words that appear in the ``stop list'' are immediately flagged as mis-
     spellings, regardless of whether or not they exist in one of the word lists.  This helps
     filter out misspellings (e.g. thier=thy-y+ier) that would otherwise pass.	Additionally, the
     british file is also used as a stop list unless the -b option is specified.

     Site administrators may add words to the local word list, /usr/local/share/dict/words or the
     local stop list, /usr/local/share/dict/stop.

     All word (and stop) lists must be sorted in lexicographical order with case folded.  The
     simplest way to achieve this is to use ``sort -df''.  If the word files are incorrectly
     sorted, spell will not be able to operate correctly.

     The options are as follows:

     -b      Check British spelling.  Besides preferring centre, colour, speciality, travelled,
	     etc., this option insists upon -ise in words like standardise, Fowler and the OED to
	     the contrary notwithstanding.  In this mode, American variants of words are added to
	     the stop list.

     -d word_list
	     Use the specified word list instead of the default system word list.  The word list
	     must be sorted as specified above.

     -h spellhist
	     Store misspelled words in the specified history file.  The output of who -m is
	     appended to the history file after the list of misspelled words.

     -i      Instruct deroff(1) to ignore ``.so'' and ``.nx'' commands.

     -l      Use delatex instead of deroff(1) if it is present on the system.

     -m      Enable support for common troff(1) macro packages; this option is passed verbatim to
	     deroff(1).  Refer to the --m description in deroff(1) for details.

     -s stop_list
	     Use the specified stop list instead of the default system stop list.  The stop list
	     must be sorted as specified above.

     -t      Use detex instead of deroff(1) if it is present on the system.

     -v      Print all words not literally in the spelling list in addition to plausible deriva-
	     tions from spelling list words.

     -x      Print every plausible stem, prefixed with '='.

     +extra_list
	     Use extra_list in addition to the default word list.  The extra word list must be
	     sorted as specified above.

FILES
     /usr/share/dict/words	    Default spelling list
     /usr/share/dict/american	    American spelling of certain words
     /usr/share/dict/british	    British spelling of certain words
     /usr/share/dict/stop	    Default stop list.
     /usr/local/share/dict/words    Local spelling list (optional)
     /usr/local/share/dict/stop     Local stop list (optional)
     /usr/libexec/spellprog	    Binary executed by the shell script /usr/bin/spell.

SEE ALSO
     deroff(1), look(1), sed(1), sort(1), tee(1), troff(1)

HISTORY
     The spell command appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX.

     Unlike historic versions, the NetBSD spell command does not use hashed word files.  Instead,
     it uses lexicographically sorted files and the same technique as look(1).

BUGS
     The spelling list lacks many technical terms; new installations will probably wish to moni-
     tor the output for several months to gather local additions.

     British spelling was done by an American.

     In -x mode it would be nicer if the stems were grouped with the appropriate word.

BSD					  April 18, 1994				      BSD


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