[OS X TeX] install spell checking dictionary for Bulgarian

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Sat Jun 5 17:26:56 CEST 2021

> On Jun 5, 2021, at 9:35 AM, Roussanka Loukanova <rl.stpuu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear All,
> I'm again on the old issue of installing spell checking and hyphenation dictionaries for Bulgarian. I hope for help. 
> Everything on my MacBook Air is updated.
> I downloaded the dictionary files for Bulgarian, for ispell, which are the only ones that are free on the internet. But they do not work on Mac, at least I do not know how and what to do or modify in them, on my Mac. The developer, Radostin Radnev, wrote to me that he doesn't know how they can be installed on Mac. 
> Here is where I took the files and what I did. My guess is that Makefile in the package has some command(s) set incorrectly for Mac, but I do not know how to fix it.
> Following the instructions in:
> http://bgoffice.sourceforge.net/ispell/index.html
> to the linked:
> https://sourceforge.net/projects/bgoffice/files/Ispell%20BG/
> (nothing there is specifically for Mac)
> I installed, unarchived, and moved ispell-bg-4.2 to:
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2
> inside there are:
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ ls Makefile 
> Makefile
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ ls data/           
> bulgarian.aff	bulgarian.dict
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ make --version
> GNU Make 3.81
> Copyright (C) 2006  Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.
> There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
> This program built for i386-apple-darwin11.3.0
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ make
> Building bulgarian.hash. Please wait...
> make: *** [all] Error 127
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ buildhash data/bulgarian.dict data/bulgarian.aff data/bulgarian.hash
> zsh: command not found: buildhash
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ ispell -vv | grep LIBDIR
> zsh: command not found: ispell
> ~/Library/Spelling/ispell-bg-4.2 $ ispell -v | grep LIBDIR 
> zsh: command not found: ispell
> I hope for help how to install these dictionary files for Bulgarian.
> Best Regards,
> Roussanka
> P.S. There is a package from Inst. of Bulgarian Language, but the free test version is very limited and for old OS X on Mac.


Are you installing for use with cocoAspell? If so you can't ise the ispell dictionries. You can pick up dictionaries for aspell 0.60 (which is used by cocoAspell) at <https://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/aspell/dict/0index.html>. Assuming you are using version 2.5 (that's the last version created quite a few years ago) follow the directions in

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for installation of the dictionary. You don't need `Stuffit Expander' just double click the .tar.bz2 file and it should expand to a folder.

PS: that document is just the Readme file from the cocoAspell 2.5 distribution.

PPS: cocoAspell hasn't been updated in a very long time and is getting a bit long in the tooth. One of these days it will no longer work and every time there is a major macOS update I'm apprehensive. If there is someone out there with Apple programming experience who is interested in Spell Checkers and who might be interested in the project for ``fun'' there is a GIT project at <https://github.com/leuski/cocoAspell>.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs at wideopenwest.com

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