aspell does not install any dictionaries by default (RE: git gui 1.7.9-1: "spell checking is unavailable" error message)

Andrey Repin
Thu Nov 8 19:16:00 GMT 2012

Greetings, Matt Seitz!

>>> Does it make sense for Cygwin to follow Fedora's lead, and install
>>> "aspell-en" by default when "aspell" is installed?
>> No, it makes sense to report this issue to Git maintaners.

> OK, I can do that.

> However, based on the Fedora bug reports, it sounds like this could be an 
> issue for other "aspell" client applications.   It appears that the normal 
> behavior for "aspell" clients is to report an error if the "default" 
> dictionary is specified and no dictionary is present.

Application should not error out on mistakes in a third-party module
configuration, that is not even required for application to run, and merely
providing a cosmetic functionality.

> So it seems like the options are:

> 1.  Change git-gui and other "aspell" based applications to suppress their 
> error message when the "default" dictionary is specified and no dictionary 
> is present.

Specified where? If it's a configuration in Git-GUI, it must report it as
inconsistency and suggest the way to amend it.
If it's a configuration in aspell, and Git-GUI merely asking for default
behavior, then again, Git-GUI should check, if the module can work at all,
before trying to use it and throw errors at the user.

> 2.  Change "setup.exe" to install the "default" dictionary (i.e., the 
> dictionary for the current locale) automatically when "aspell" is installed.

Unlikely to happen. Even if do, it would only be a suggestion.
Unless you take the burden of implementing full APT functionality into cygwin

> 3.  Change "setup.exe" to remind the user to install the "default" 
> dictionary when "aspell" is installed.

> 4.  Keep the current behavior, and let the end-user figure out what went 
> wrong and how to fix it.

> Option 2 seems to be the solution that Fedora went with.

Andrey Repin ( 08.11.2012, <22:59>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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