Spelling For the Command Line

2016-08-24 00:38:00 +0000 - Written by Carl Burks

If you haven't heard of spell, ispell, or aspell you probably haven't looked for a command line spell checker. The great folks at GNU Aspell have provided a free spell check utility. If you are a windows user and can't be bothered to build from source the way Stallman intended:

Win32 Port

    aspell -c somefile.txt

Running this against a file will give you an error:

    aspell : Error: No word lists can be found for the language "en_US".

Then you realize you forgot to install the Precompiled dictionaries.

Then you realize you are running it in PowerShell ISE:

    initscr(): LINES=1 COLS=1: too small.

Then you find the -a command which lets you pipe from standard in and then errors to standard out.

cat .\content.html | aspell -a

Great.... Well those tags don't work that well.

pandoc to the rescue:

pandoc .\content.html -t plain -o - | aspell -a | ?{$_.StartsWith("&")}

Okay I added that last "StartsWith"" to give me just the errors.

With a little PowerShell-Fu you can turn those into a collection:

    pandoc .\content.html -t plain -o - | aspell -a | ?{$_.StartsWith("&")} | %{

    $pieces =  $_.split(":")
    $parts = $pieces[0].Split(" ");
    $possibleIncorrectWord = $parts[1];
    $lineNumber = $parts[2];
    $column = $parts[3];
    $choices = ($pieces[1..($pieces.Length-1)] -join ":").Split(",") #| %{$_.trim()}


You could do some replacements or manually edit, but you've got a list of what is potentially wrong.