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installdeb-myspell - debhelper-like helper for Debian packages containing myspell/hunspell
dictionaries or Openoffice.org thesauri/hyphenation files.


installdeb-myspell [--srcdir=dir] [--dico-debug] [debhelper options]


installdeb-myspell is a debhelper like program to help installing myspell/hunspell dicts
as well as Openoffice.org thesauri or hyphenation files, after contents of an info-myspell
file whose format is that for old Openoffice.org 2. This needs the --srcdir option

Note that unless --srcdir option this program will do nothing.

For more details, see

The actions executed by installdeb-myspell are the following (only some of them are done
if not in o2 compatibility mode):

Maintainer Scripts
installdeb-myspell installs the necessary scraps of code in the postinst and postrm

Language info file
installdeb-myspell will look for a file named debian/info-myspell or
debian/package.info-myspell. That file contains myspell/hunspell dictionary, OOO
thesauri or hyphenation information with lines like


A typical info-myspell file for a myspell/hunspell dictionary will contain something

# Spanish variants
DICT es ES es_ES
DICT es AR es_ES

while will, for a typical hyphenation file, be something like

# Danish hyphenation
HYPH da DK hyph_da_DK

or for a sample thesaurus,

THES en US th_en_US

all with no leading whitespace. Commented lines are allowed.

Dictionary, thesaurus and hyphenation files installation
If the --srcdir=dir option is set installdeb-myspell will look for the .aff/.dic files
in the directory specified by dir and install them in the default target directory
([tmpdir]/usr/share/hunspell). Base name will be extracted from the info-myspell file
(last string in the line). If target dict uses the ancient Mozilla hyphen form, it
will be renamed to the lowbar form on installation. Same (but the renaming) for
hyphenation and thesaurus files, to be installed in [tmpdir]/usr/share/hyphen and

Dictionaries alternative symlinks creation
installdeb-myspell will, according to info extracted from the info-myspell,
automatically set lang_COUNTRY symlinks to the dict files installed by installdeb-
myspell. This will only be done when the --srcdir option is used.

If --srcdir option is used and the info-myspell file contains something like

# Spanish variants
DICT es ES es
DICT es AR es

installdeb-myspell will automatically set es_ES and es_AR symlinks

Mozilla spellchecker compatibility
For myspell/hunspell dictionaries, Mozilla had a lang{,-COUNTRY} to names translation
table using hyphens as separators (and for some languages not using country part at
all) instead of lowbars.

Shortly, that will no longer be the case. Mozilla will also accept lang_COUNTRY format
for that translation table, no special things will be needed. In particular, do not
duplicate entries in both lowbar and hyphen forms. Use lowbar.

Debconf files
As opposed to installdeb-ispell and installdeb-wordlist, installdeb-myspell does
nothing related to debconf files, not needed for myspell/hunspell dicts and OOO
thesauri and hyphenation files. If you need to add debconf stuff with debhelper
proceed in the usual way and call dh_installdebconf(1) as for any other package.


--dico-debug Show some installdeb-myspell specific debugging info.
Does not enable debhelper debug, you need to enable
it separately.

--srcdir=dir Will look for .aff/.dic files in the specified directory
for myspell/hunspell dict packages, for .dic files in
Openoffice.org hyphenation packages and for .dat/.idx
files in Openoffice.org thesaurus packages, installing
them if present in the default target directory. Base
name will be extracted from the info-myspell file. If
this option is specified and files are not present an
error will appear.

--dico-{no-}alt-links {Process/Do not process} alternative symlinks
according to info found in the myspell info file.

The usual debhelper(7) options are accepted.


This program is not part of debhelper, although depends on and is intended to work
together with it.

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