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Re: Hunspell and contractions with apostrophes

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: Hunspell and contractions with apostrophes
Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 10:45:45 -0700
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:

> Eli Zaretskii <> writes:
>>> From: Eric Abrahamsen <>
>>> Cc:
>>> Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 07:00:48 -0700
>>> > Can you show that setting?  Maybe we will be able to tell you what was
>>> > wrong about it.
>>> The setting was just:
>>> (setq ispell-personal-dictionary "~/.aspell.en_US.pws")
>> So if you now set that variable again to the name of an empty file,
>> and then restart Emacs, you again have the problem?  Or is the problem
>> happening only with some specific contents of the personal dictionary?
>> If the latter, perhaps some word in your personal dictionary causes
>> that?
> Okay, looks like there is something bogus in my personal dictionary. I
> removed the customization altogether (which caused the contraction
> problem to go away), saved a few words to my personal dictionary, and
> that created the file ~/.hunspell_en_US.
> Then I restarted, set `ispell-personal-dictionary' to a non-existent
> file, restarted, and saved some more words. They went into the new file,
> but interestingly ~/.hunspell_en_US was still honored. I've _never_
> understood the interaction between all the various options here, so this
> was good information. I guess there's no need to set
> `ispell-personal-dictionary' at all, unless I want to keep the
> dictionary in a git repo or something.
> I'll figure out what's wrong with my old dictionary. It's got Chinese
> and Arabic in it (and I note is saved as UTF-8 whereas ~/.hunspell_en_US
> is ASCII) so maybe that has something to do with it. I tried
> spellchecking a Chinese word and hunspell just errored, so there's no
> point putting Chinese in there to begin with.

Yes, removing Chinese and Arabic did the trick. The encoding of the
dictionary file didn't matter.

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