ispell-autobuildhash - Autobuilding the ispell hash file for some dicts
--debug Show some extra ispell-autobuildhash information.
--force Rebuild the hash file for all dicts providing a
compat file skipping the test.
ispell-autobuildhash is a script that will manage ispell hash files
autobuild, intended to be called from the dictionaries-common tools.
Depending on the ispell compatibility level and on the compatibility
level used for the hash file if present, will decide whether it must be
rebuilt or not. This script will only work on ispell packages prepared
to use it, it will do nothing for other ispell dict packages.
--debug Show some extra ispell-autobuildhash information. --force
Rebuild the hash file for all dicts providing a compat
file regardless of the compatibility levels found.
To use this system, just provide a $dict.compat file in /var/lib/ispell
($dict stands or the hash or affix file basename). Put a "0" in it or
just create an empty one with touch. The way things are done depends on
whether your dict has a single source or a multiple source like ipolish
The most common case is having a single source. In this case you must
put the $dict.aff file at /usr/lib/ispell/$dict.aff as usual and the
munched wordlist compressed with gzip at
This script supports the way ipolish allows selection of
subdictionaries to be put in the hash file. It will detect the presence
of the main language .desc file and call update-ipolish-hash as
Although this script looks for the existence of a update-ispell-hash
script with supposedly similar functionality to update-ipolish-hash,
this latter does not really exists, although it might be added at some
time to ispell or to the dictionaries-common system, if enough demand
If your package provides more than one ispell dictionary you will need
to do the steps above for each dictionary.
Dictionaries-common scripts will call internally this script and create
a hash file at /var/lib/ispell/$dict.hash. You must set a symlink to
that file from /usr/lib/ispell/$dict.hash. You are also suggested to
create an empty file at /var/lib/ispell/$dict.hash in the install
target of your package build process. This empty file will be
overwritten when the real hash is created, but will make the hash be
removed at package removal without any magic being done in the postrm
and will also help to keep track about which package owns that file.
ispell maintainer should also call this script from package postinst.
When comparing versions it will get the ispell version from file
/usr/share/ispell/ispell.compat, or if it does not exists, from the
upstream version as given in the first line of ispell -vv output.
0.98.12 2008-7-03 ISPELL-AUTOBUILDHASH(8)