ispell-wrapper - smart wrapper for ispell
ispell-wrapper [--emacs=name] [--language=regexp] [--dry-run] [ispell options] file
Options (all long only options):
--emacs=name Set the language to use by emacs dict name
--language=regexp Set the language to use by name
--dry-run Only show what would have done
ispell-wrapper is a wrapper script for ispell intended to be used in a
Debian system in conjunction with the infrastructure introduced by the
dictionaries-common package. Option --dry-run will show the string to
be run without doing anything else.
It automatically sets the -d, -w, and -T options to ispell as a
function of the chosen language. Of course, this only works for
dictionary packages that comply with the above mentioned Policy.
Here is how the language is defined (in order of priority):
1) By matching the emacs dict name given in --emacs option to the name
of one of the emacs dicts names provided by installed languages in
the system. This match must be exact (although is case
insensitive). Note that this will override any value given in the
2) By matching the regexp given in option --language to the list of
installed languages in the system.
3) By matching the regexp stored in the environment variable
ISPELLDEFAULT to the list of installed languages in the system.
4) By using the value stored in the user-specific file
~/.ispell-default (use select-default-iwrap(1) to set it).
5) By using the value stored in the site-wide file
select-default-ispell(8) as superuser to set it).
Note: regexp matches are case-insensitive and the ISO-8859-1 special
characters are transformed into their ASCII equivalents. German ess-
zet is equivalent to the character "s" and the ae ligature to the
Let us say that the following dictionaries are installed in the system
(as appearing in the Debconf question at installation time):
castellano (Spanish TeX mode)
castellano8 (Spanish 8 bit)
portugues (European Portuguese)
portugues brasileiro (Brazilian Portuguese)
Choosing the regexp (either in the --language option or in the
environment variable ISPELLDEFAULT) to be "span" will yield an error,
since two languages will match ("castellano" and "castellano8").
However, if the regexp is "span.*8", the language "castellano8 (Spanish
8 bit)" will be chosen.
Regexp that matches the name of the default language to use, if no
--language option is given.
Contains the name of the language to use, if no --language option
is given or if the ISPELLDEFAULT environment variable is not set.
This is a user-specific choice.
Name of the language to use when everything above is not set. This
is a system-wide setting.
1.26.3 2015-8-31 ISPELL-WRAPPER(1)
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