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installdeb-aspell - debhelper-like utility for maintainers of aspell dictionary Debian


installdeb-aspell [debhelper options]


installdeb-aspell is a debhelper like program that is responsible for installing
appropriate debhelper snippets in an aspell dictionary package, according to the Debian
Spell Dictionaries and Tools Policy.

For more details, see

The actions executed by installdeb-aspell are the following:

· Maintainer Scripts

installdeb-aspell installs the necessary scraps of code in the postinst and postrm

· Language info file

installdeb-aspell also checks a file containing aspell dictionary information, called
debian/info-aspell or debian/package.info-aspell. If this file is successfully
parsed, it is installed in the /var/lib/dictionaries-common/aspell directory.

· Substvars substitutions

This script will populate a substvars file, so Depends line in control file can
contain ${aspell:Depends} to automatically care for dictionaries-common dependencies.

This requires "Build-Depends" on at least dictionaries-common-dev 1.23.0 and is highly

· Debconf files

As opposed to installdeb-ispell and installdeb-wordlist, neither installdeb-aspell nor
installdeb-hunspell do anything related to debconf files, since both aspell and
hunspell rely on the environment variable "LANG" for default dictionary selection
instead of using symlinks set after a debconf question on dictionary installation. For
that reason if you need to add debconf stuff with debhelper to your aspell or hunspell
dictionary package do it in the usual way and call dh_installdebconf(1) as for any
other package.

· Extra installdeb-aspell options in Language info file

For benefit of aspell dictionaries using aspell-autobuildhash, installdeb-aspell
script will look for 'auto-compat' and 'auto-contents' fields in $lang.info-aspell,
containing base name(s) of your compat and, if needed, contents file(s). If
'auto-compat' entry is found two debhelper snippets are added, one to create/reset
compatfile(s) in postinst and the other to remove files in a removal list (initially
containing compat files) from postrm. If 'auto-contents' entry is found, contents
file at debian/ will be parsed and its contents added to the removal list, otherwise a
hash with the same basename of the compatfile is expected and added to the removal
list. If you use a contents file and enable it in 'auto-contents' you usually will
need only the same base name enabled in 'auto-compat'.

If you are interested in a simple install of a pristine aspell dictionary with a
minimal debian/rules please look at dh_aspell-simple(1). You will still need an
aspell-info file, but compat/contents stuff will be guessed if not explicitly provided
in the aspell-info file.

/usr/lib/aspell/$dict.rws -> /var/lib/aspell/$dict.rws symlinks are no longer created
automatically by this script. They are now created by new aspell-autobuildhash
together with the relevant hashes. Make sure to depend on at least dictionaries-
common 1.23 (See dictionaries-common.checklist).


The usual dephelper(1) options are accepted.


This program is not part of debhelper, although it is intended to be used in aspell
dictionary packages using debhelper in its building.

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