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Command-line interface for After the Deadline language checker

Merge pull request #8 from sideshowcoder/make-install-dirs-configurable

Possibility to pass PREFIX, BINDIR, and MANDIR
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Leandro Lisboa Penz authored



atdtool – After the Deadline command-line tool


atdtool -h

atdtool [-e/error] [-k/key=<key>] <files…>

atdtool [-e/error] [-k/key=<key>] l/-language <fr/de/pt/es> <files…>

atdtool [-e/error] [-k/key=<key>] s/-server <server> <files…>


atdtool is a command-line tools that contacts an After the Deadline language
service and displays the errors reported by the service in a format very similar
to gcc’s.

After the Deadline is a language checker that is able to:

  • spell check contextually
  • check style
  • check grammar

The official server is free for personal use. They provide a free server for
commercial use. atdtool can be used with the default server or with a
custom one.


-h Help.

-e, —error Exit with error when any error is found.

-k, —key=<key> Selects the key to use. AtD servers cache results based on
this parameter.

-l, —language=[fr/de/pt/es] Selects the language. This affects the server used.

-s, —server=<server> Use a custom server.

Vim integration

atdtool can be used as a quickfix program in Vim with the following command:

:set makeprg=atdtool\ %

You can then use :make to check the current buffer and navigate the errors
with the quickfix window, the same way gcc’s errors can be navigated.

More information on quickfix can be found with :help quickfix in Vim or at


Written by Leandro Penz, based on the python bindings
by Miguel Ventura at


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