There is that once in a blue moon chance you will need to install ASpell manually and each time it is easy to forget how to do it properly. Simply put this is more of a Gotcha due to a small mistake that a lot of people make when installing ASpell.
The Gotcha is – you probably did indeed install ASpell, but you forgot to install a dictionary. Tadahhhh – yep that’s it. Just forgot one step.
General Steps for v0.60.6.1
- Download the latest ASpell core program: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/aspell-0.60.6.1.tar.gz (always make sure to get the latest, this link was put here on 11/14/2015)
- Install the core program.
- Download your dictionary of choice such as the English dictionary:
- List of dictionaries: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/0index.html
- English dictionary: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/en/aspell6-en-2015.04.24-0.tar.bz2
Steps if you are using Notepad++ (uses ASpell Win32 v0.50.3)
- Download the ASpell v0.50.3 installer http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/w32/Aspell-0-50-3-3-Setup.exe
- Install ASpell v0.50.3
- Download your dictionary, this is the English dictionary for example: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/w32/Aspell-en-0.50-2-3.exe
- Verify that the path used for Notepad++ to ASpell is actually pointing to the right place. This can be verified simply by doing the following:
- Go to your Notepad++ directory, Example: “C:Program Files (x86)Notepad++”
- Take the relative path shown under the ASpell plugin help (Figure 1), Example: “..Aspellbin”
- Combine the two and try to navigate there using the Run command or equivalent method, Example: “C:Program Files (x86)Notepad++..Aspellbin”
- If this takes you to your location, then everything should be fine. Restart Notepad++ and you should be able to use the plugin.
- If this doesn’t take you to your location – then you need to figure out why your relative path is wrong and correct it until the aforementioned trick works
|Figure 1 – Help dialogue for Spell-Checker plugin that uses ASpell|