Out-of-the-box broken spell-check with desktop spin

Elad Alfassa elad at fedoraproject.org
Wed Aug 1 07:11:41 UTC 2012

On Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 5:49 AM, Máirín Duffy <duffy at fedoraproject.org>wrote:

> Hi,
> A friend reported to me today that spell-checking in gedit was broken on
> their Fedora 17 desktop live cd install. After some searching around on
> the web, they figured out a workaround: installing enchant-aspell.
> To me, it seems like a bug to ship with broken spellcheck. There seem to
> be issues with both gedit and AbiWord:
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=825449
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=750981
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=771089
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=818995
> It looks like the dictionaries were pulled out of the spin when the ISO
> was just squeezing under size limits to save space:
> https://fedorahosted.org/spin-kickstarts/browser/fedora-livecd-desktop.ks
> I don't think we're that space constrained today, are we?  The spell
> checking packages (to support English) seem to only be a couple megs
> compressed. I'm wondering, since the live cd spin is only focused on
> English-speaking users anyway (IIRC only English translations are
> available on it), would it be worth considering shipping the English
> dictionaries to save space yet still have functioning spell check?
No, this is wrong, the Desktop spin livecd contains translations for all
languages we support.

> It's also pretty unclear how to add dictionaries should you discover
> they aren't there (maybe some packagekit integration needed?):
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=750986
> Or perhaps not installing/enabling spell-check in gedit by default since
> it doesn't work by default? :-/
> Anyway, this looked to me like it's been a problem for a few releases
> now, across multiple bugs and apps, so I thought this might be a good
> place to point it out.
> Thanks,
> ~m
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-Elad Alfassa.
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