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NAME Text::Hunspell - Perl interface to the Hunspell library DESCRIPTION Text::Hunspell is an interface to the GNU Hunspell library. GNU Hunspell is a Free and Open Source spell checker. The Text::Hunspell module is a thin XS wrapper around the Hunspell C++ Library. Hopefully this is obvious, but you MUST have the Hunspell library installed on your system as a .so library, before installing this module. You also MUST have any hunspell dictionary installed for "make test" to pass. Hunspell's location is http://hunspell.sourceforge.net See BUILD NOTES and CURRENT ISSUES below before reporting any bugs. This module has been built and passed all tests on the following platforms: perl 5.8.8 on Linux, gcc version 4.0.1 hunspell 1.2.8 or higher Mandriva Linux 2006 Knoppix Linux (Debian Linux) Please read SUPPORT below if you have trouble building Text::Hunspell. INSTALLATION Windows users see below. 1) Install Hunspell and a Dictionary Make sure you have a current version of Hunspell installed. You must install both the Hunspell program and a dictionary. They are distributed as separate packages. The dictionary can be copied anywhere, since at startup the full path of the .dic/.aff files will be givern to hunspell. Hunspell and the dictionary packages contain README files that include installation instructions. Here's a basic overview: Hunspell must be installed first, then install the dictionary file and finally install the Text::Hunspell module. Hunspell installation example: 1. download an untar hunspell 2. cd hunspell 3. ./configure 4. ./make 5. cd ./src/hunspell 6. ./configure 7. make 8. copy makeso.sh file here 9. sh makeso.sh and do manually the copy and 2 link commands as described at the end of makeso.sh 10. cd ../tools 11. ./configure 12. make If you used a --prefix option to install Hunspell in a non-standard location you will need to adjust your path to include $PREFIX/bin. The configure script for the dictionary needs to find programs installed in the previous step. At this point you should be able to run Hunspell in interactive mode. For example: cd hunspell/src/tools ./example full_path_aff full_path_dic file_to test 2) Build and install this Text::Hunspell module. $ perl Makefile.PL $ make $ make test # make install If you installed Hunspell in a non-standard location (for example, if you don't have root access) then you will need to tell Makefile.PL where to find the library. For example, if Hunspell was installed in $HOME/local (--prefix=$HOME/local) and the perl module should be installed in the perl library $HOME/perl_lib: $ perl Makefile.PL PREFIX=$HOME/perl_lib \ CCFLAGS=-I$HOME/local/include \ LIBS="-L$HOME/local/lib -lhunspell" $ LD_RUN_PATH=$HOME/local/lib make $ make test $ make install Perl must have been buit with thread support in order to work with Text::Hunspell. WINDOWS USERS Randy Kobes has provided a PPM and the following instructions for installing Text::Hunspell on Windows. Thanks very much Randy. For installing on Win32, first get and install the "Full installer" executable at http://hunspell.net/win32/ this will install Hunspell into a location such as C:\Program Files\Hunspell. You will also need to fetch and install at least one of the precompiled dictionaries found on the same page. Make sure that the path to the Hunspell bin directory (e.g. C:\Program Files\Hunspell\bin\) is in your PATH environment variable. For help with setting your path see "set environment variables" in the Windows Help Utility. You may need to reboot or open a new shell window after setting your path. The Hunspell .dll file must be located in the PATH before using Text::Hunspell. Then, to install Text::Hunspell, type at a DOS prompt (all on one line) C:\> ppm install http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppms/Text-Hunspell.ppd for an ActivePerl 8xx version, or C:\> ppm install http://theoryx5.uwinnipeg.ca/ppmpackages/Text-Hunspell.ppd for an ActivePerl 6xx version. If you wish to build Text::Hunspell from source: If you want to build Text::Hunspell yourself, you'll need a C compiler, which must be the same one that your Perl is built with (for ActivePerl, this means VC++ 6). Assuming you have that, in addition to the "Full installer" binary package at http://hunspell.net/win32/, you'll also need to get and install the hunspell-dev package (also located at http://hunspell.net/win32/), which contains the necessary .lib and .h files needed to compile the Perl module. Like above, make sure the PATH environment variable points to the location of the installed Hunspell .dll file before building Text::Hunspell. Installation then proceeds as described for the Unix version: perl Makefile.PL nmake nmake test nmake install with the additional requirement of passing to 'perl Makefile.PL' the necessary arguments (e.g. INC and LIBS) to specify the locations of the lib and header files, if these were installed in a non-standard location. Make sure that if a non-standard location was used that this is added to your PATH environment variable before running the tests. SUPPORT Before contacting me with problems building Text::Hunspell please try and debug as much as possible. For example, if "make test" fails, then run in verbose mode: make test TEST_VERBOSE=1 That may show at what test is failing. It's easy to run the test script manually -- and you can even edit and add a few print statements to aid in debugging. For example: perl -Iblib/lib -Iblib/arch t/test.t | less Use of LD_RUN_PATH, CCFLAGS and LIBS as above may also help if the build process fails. Remember that you *must* have the English dictionary installed for tests to pass (sorry, have to check against some dictionary). Also, you may need to set your LANG variable to "en_US" so that the English dictionary is selected. If all else fails, use the request tracker at: http://rt.cpan.org/NoAuth/Bugs.html?Dist=Text-Hunspell BUILD NOTES / CURRENT ISSUES A number of people have reported the $speller->store_replacement() test failing on some platforms. I don't know why. Search google to find out why I don't know why. The code (from what I can tell) looks like it should be returning an error value, but fails on some platforms. Until I can get a better answer I'm going to assume Hunspell is broken and ignore the return value in t/test.t. So don't test the return value in your code, either. Some users of OS X have reported the test failing after calling clear_session(). The test is suppose to see if a word added to the session is removed after calling clear_session(). It's another error I have not been able to reproduce on the machines I tested on. "Pax" provided these notes: I just got Text::Hunspell to build and work under OpenBSD 3.7 and thought you might like a tiny suggestion: in the README, you might note that under this operating system you need to add -lstdc++ to the list of libraries you link against, e.g.: $ perl Makefile.PL \ PREFIX=/usr/local INSTALLDIRS=site \ CCFLAGS=-I/usr/local/include \ LIBS="-L/usr/local/lib -lhunspell -lstdc++" If you don't do this, then any attempt to use Text::Hunspell will throw thousands of unresolved symbol errors trying to load your shared object. This is against libhunspell in /usr/local/lib installed from the hunspell port in the OpenBSD 3.7 ports tree, FWIW. A number of Solaris uses have reported the need to set: LDFLAGS='-L/usr/local/lib -R/usr/local/lib' and also having to copy libstdc++* to /usr/lib. YMMV. Changes compared to Hunspell::text hunspell.h was modified, since classe Hunspell was heavily modified between 1.2.8 and 1.4.x, among others methods spell and suggest got new parameters, that causes the function name to get modified from U _ZN8Hunspell5spellEPKc to U _ZN8Hunspell5spellEPKcPiPPc