spell, hashmake, spellin, hashcheck - report spelling errors


     spell [-bilvx] [ + local_file] [file] ...


     /usr/lib/spell/spellin n

     /usr/lib/spell/hashcheck spelling_list


     The spell command collects words from the  named  files  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
     written to the standard output.

     If there are no file arguments, words to check are collected
     from  the  standard  input.  spell  ignores  most  troff(1),
     tbl(1), and eqn(1) constructs. Copies of  all  output  words
     are  accumulated in the history file (spellhist), and a stop
     list filters out misspellings (for example, their=thy-y+ier)
     that would otherwise pass.

     By  default,  spell  (like  deroff(1))  follows  chains   of
     included  files  (.so and .nx troff(1) requests), unless the
     names of such included files begin with /usr/lib.

     The standard spelling list is based  on  many  sources,  and
     while  more  haphazard  than an ordinary dictionary, is also
     more effective in respect to proper names and popular techn-
     ical  words.  Coverage  of  the  specialized vocabularies of
     biology, medicine and chemistry is light.

     Three programs help maintain and check the hash  lists  used
     by spell:

           Reads a list of words  from  the  standard  input  and
           writes  the  corresponding nine-digit hash code on the
           standard output.

           Reads n hash codes from the standard input and  writes
           a compressed spelling list on the standard output.

           Reads a compressed  spelling_list  and  recreates  the
           nine-digit  hash  codes  for  all  the words in it. It
           writes these codes on the standard output.


     The following options are supported:

     -b    Check British spelling. Besides  preferring  "centre,"
           "colour,"  "programme," "speciality," "travelled," and
           so forth, this option insists upon -ise in words  like

     -i    Cause  deroff(1) to ignore .so and .nx  commands.   If
           deroff(1)  is  not  present  on  the system, then this
           option is ignored.

     -l    Follow the chains of all included files.

     -v    Print all words not literally in the spelling list, as
           well  as  plausible derivations from the  words in the
           spelling list.

     -x    Print every plausible  stem,  one  per  line,  with  =
           preceding each word.

           Specify a set of words that are correct spellings  (in
           addition  to  spell's own spelling list) for each job.
           local_file is the name of a  user-provided  file  that
           contains  a  sorted list of words, one per line. Words
           found in local_file are removed from  spell's  output.
           Use  sort(1)  to  order  local_file in ASCII collating
           sequence. If  this  ordering  is  not  followed,  some
           entries in local_file may be ignored.


     The following operands are supported:

     file  A path name of a  text  file  to  check  for  spelling
           errors.  If  no  files  are named, words are collected
           from the standard input.


     See environ(5) for descriptions of the following environment
     variables  that  affect  the  execution  of spell: LC_CTYPE,


     The following exit values are returned:

     0     Successful completion.

     >0    An error occurred.


           hashed spelling lists, American & British

           hashed stop list

           history file

           master dictionary


     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the  following  attri-

    |       ATTRIBUTE TYPE        |       ATTRIBUTE VALUE       |
    | Availability                | SUNWesu                     |


     deroff(1), eqn(1), sort(1), tbl(1), troff(1), attributes(5),


     Misspelled words can be monitored by default by setting  the
     H_SPELL  variable  in  /usr/bin/spell  to the name of a file
     that has permission mode 666.

     spell works only on English words defined in the U.S.  ASCII

     Because  copies  of  all  output  are  accumulated  in   the
     spellhist  file,  spellhist may grow quite large and require


     The spelling list's coverage is  uneven;  new  installations
     may  wish to monitor the output for several months to gather
     local additions.

     British spelling was done by an American.

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