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       ispell-autobuildhash - Autobuilding the ispell hash file for some dicts


        ispell-autobuildhash [--force]

           --debug      Show some extra ispell-autobuildhash information.
           --force      Rebuild the hash file for all dicts providing a
                        compat file skipping the test.


       ispell-autobuildhash is a script that will manage ispell hash files
       autobuild, intended to be called from the dictionaries-common tools.
       Depending on the ispell compatibility level and on the compatibility
       level used for the hash file if present, will decide whether it must be
       rebuilt or not. This script will only work on ispell packages prepared
       to use it, it will do nothing for other ispell dict packages.


       --debug      Show some extra ispell-autobuildhash information.  --force
       Rebuild the hash file for all dicts providing a compat
                    file regardless of the compatibility levels found.


       To use this system, just provide a $dict.compat file in /var/lib/ispell
       ($dict stands or the hash or affix file basename). Put a "0" in it or
       just create an empty one with touch. The way things are done depends on
       whether your dict has a single source or a multiple source like ipolish

       The most common case is having a single source. In this case you must
       put the $dict.aff file at /usr/lib/ispell/$dict.aff as usual and the
       munched wordlist compressed with gzip at

       This script supports the way ipolish allows selection of
       subdictionaries to be put in the hash file. It will detect the presence
       of  the main language .desc file and call update-ipolish-hash as

       Although this script looks for the existence of a update-ispell-hash
       script with supposedly similar functionality to update-ipolish-hash,
       this latter does not really exists, although it might be added at some
       time to ispell or to the dictionaries-common system, if enough demand
       is found.

       If your package provides more than one ispell dictionary you will need
       to do the steps above for each dictionary.

       Dictionaries-common scripts will call internally this script and create
       a hash file at /var/lib/ispell/$dict.hash. You must set a symlink to
       that file from /usr/lib/ispell/$dict.hash. You are also suggested to
       create an empty file at /var/lib/ispell/$dict.hash in the install
       target of your package build process. This empty file will be
       overwritten when the real hash is created, but will make the hash be
       removed at package removal without any magic being done in the postrm
       and will also help to keep track about which package owns that file.

       If you use debhelper you may want to pass -Xvar/lib/ispell option to
       dh_md5sums call in your debian/rules file, to avoid debsums complaining
       about those hash and compat files.

       ispell maintainer should also call this script from package postinst.
       When comparing versions it will get the ispell version from file
       /usr/share/ispell/ispell.compat, or if it does not exists, from the
       upstream version as given in the first line of 'ispell -vv output.


       Agustin Martin <>