Introduction to enchant

The enchant package provide a generic interface into various existing spell checking libraries.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-8.3 platform.

Package Information

enchant Dependencies





dbus-glib-0.110, Hspell, Hunspell, Voikko, and unittest-cpp (required for tests)

User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/enchant

Installation of enchant

Install enchant by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --disable-static &&

To run tests, unittest-cpp must be installed and the --enable-relocatable option passed to configure above. If these conditions are present, the tests may be run with make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install                                   &&
rm -rf /usr/include/enchant                    &&
ln -sfv enchant-2       /usr/include/enchant   &&
ln -sfv enchant-2       /usr/bin/enchant       &&
ln -sfv libenchant-2.so /usr/lib/libenchant.so &&
ln -sfv enchant-2.pc    /usr/lib/pkgconfig/enchant.pc

Command Explanations

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

rm -rf /usr/include/enchant; ln -sfn ...: Create symlinks for this package version so that other other packages can find it using the old name.

Configuring enchant

Config Files

~/.enchant and /usr/share/enchant/enchant.ordering

Configuration Information

You can test your installation and configuration by creating a test file and running the commands in the following (you can replace the en_GB dictionary by any other downloaded when installing Aspell-

cat > /tmp/test-enchant.txt << "EOF"
Tel me more abot linux
Ther ar so many commads

enchant -d en_GB -l /tmp/test-enchant.txt &&
enchant -d en_GB -a /tmp/test-enchant.txt

You will see a list of the misspelled words followed by a list of alternatives for them.

See more details in the enchant manual page.


Installed Programs: enchant
Installed Libraries: libenchant.so and various backend libraries
Installed Directories: /usr/{include,lib,share}/enchant

Short Descriptions


is a spellchecker


contains spell checking interface API functions.

Last updated on 2018-08-24 09:22:14 -0700