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spell(1)							      spell(1)

       spell, hashmake, spellin, hashcheck - find spelling errors

       local_file] [files]



       The  command collects words from the named files and looks them up in a
       spelling list.  Words that neither occur among nor  are	derivable  (by
       applying	 certain inflections, prefixes, and/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.

       The command ignores most and eqn constructions.

       The command recognizes the following options:

	      All words not literally in the spelling list are printed,
			     and  plausible  derivations from the words in the
			     spelling list are indicated.

	      British spelling is checked.
			     Besides preferring etc., this option insists upon
			     in certain words, such as in

	      Every plausible stem is printed with
			     for each word.

       By  default, follows chains of included files much like (see deroff(1))
       which recognizes the intrinsics and the names of	 such  included	 files
       begin with If the option is used, follows the chains of included files.
       With the option, ignores all chains of included files.

       If the option is used, words found in local_file are removed from  out‐
       put.   local_file  is  the  name	 of  a user-provided file containing a
       sorted list of words, one per line.  With this  option,	the  user  can
       specify	a  set	of  words  that	 are correct spellings (in addition to
       spell's own spelling list) for each job.

       The spelling list is based on many sources, and	while  more  haphazard
       than  an	 ordinary  dictionary,	is also more effective with respect to
       proper names and popular technical words.  Coverage of the  specialized
       vocabularies of biology, medicine, and chemistry is light.

       Pertinent auxiliary files can be specified by name arguments, indicated
       below with their default settings (see FILES and VARIABLES).  Copies of
       all  output are accumulated in the history file.	 The stop list filters
       out misspellings (such as that would otherwise pass.

       Three routines help maintain and check the hash lists used by

	      Reads a list of words from the standard input and
			     writes the corresponding nine-digit hash code  on
			     the  standard  output.  This program only accepts
			     words that are up to 30  characters  long.	  When
			     words  exceeding 30 characters are encountered, a
			     diagnostic	 message  is  displayed	 on   standard

	      Reads	     n hash codes from the standard input and writes a
			     compressed spelling list on the standard  output.
			     Information  about	 the hash coding is printed on
			     standard error.

	      Reads a compressed
			     spelling_list and recreates the  nine-digit  hash
			     codes  for	 all  the words in it; it writes these
			     codes on the standard output.

   Environment Variables
       Your hashed spelling list (default is

       Spelling history (default is

       Your hashed stop list (default is

       Directory for temporary files; overrides the default

       To check spelling of a single word:

       If word is spelled correctly, a prompt is returned.  If it  is  spelled
       incorrectly,  word  is printed before the prompt is returned.  To check
       spelling of multiple words, they can also be typed as a	group  on  the
       same command line:

       To  create a personal spelling list that incorporates the words already
       present in the default American spelling list file

       To modify the default British spelling list  file  replace  all	occur‐
       rences of with in the above example.

       To  add	words to the default spelling list, change login to change the
       current working directory to and execute the  commands  listed  in  the
       above example.

       The spelling list's coverage is uneven.	When undertaking the use of as
       a new tool, it may be advisable	to  monitor  the  output  for  several
       months to gather local additions.  Typically, these are kept in a sepa‐
       rate local file that is added to the hashed spelling_list via as	 shown

       The British spelling feature was developed by an American.

       Start-up	 versions  of  files  and  are available in directory If these
       files or a suitable equivalent are not present in directory complains:

       The command is likely to be withdrawn from X/Open  standards.  Applica‐
       tions  using  this command might not be portable to other vendors' sys‐

       Hashed spelling lists, American and British.
       Hashed stop list.
       History file.
       Executable program file.

       deroff(1), sed(1), sort(1), tbl(1), tee(1).


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