|SPELL(1)||General Commands Manual||SPELL(1)|
spellcollects words from the named documents 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 printed on the standard output. If no files are named, words are collected from the standard input.
spellignores most troff, tbl, eqn, and pic constructions. Copies of all output may be accumulated in the history file, if one is specified. By default,
spell(like deroff(1)) follows chains of included files (“.so” and “.nx” commands). The default spelling list is based on Webster's Second International dictionary and should be fairly complete. Words that appear in the “stop list” are immediately flagged as misspellings, regardless of whether or not they exist in one of the word lists. This helps filter out misspellings (e.g. thier=thy-y+ier) that would otherwise pass. Additionally, the british file is also used as a stop list unless the
-boption is specified. Site administrators may add words to the local word list, /usr/local/share/dict/words or the local stop list, /usr/local/share/dict/stop. All word (and stop) lists must be sorted in lexicographical order with case folded. The simplest way to achieve this is to use “sort -df”. If the word files are incorrectly sorted,
spellwill not be able to operate correctly. The options are as follows:
-isein words like standardise, Fowler and the OED to the contrary notwithstanding. In this mode, American variants of words are added to the stop list.
who -mis appended to the history file after the list of misspelled words.
-mdescription in deroff(1) for details.
spellcommand first appeared in Version 6 AT&T UNIX and has been available since OpenBSD 3.1. Unlike historic versions, the OpenBSD
spellcommand does not use hashed word files. Instead, it uses lexicographically sorted files and the same technique as look(1).
-xmode it would be nicer if the stems were grouped with the appropriate word.
|October 17, 2017||OpenBSD-current|