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WORD-LIST-COMPRESS(1)  Aspell Abbreviated User's Manual  WORD-LIST-COMPRESS(1)

       word-list-compress - word list compressor/decompressor for GNU Aspell

       word-list-compress c[ompress] | d[ecompress]

       word-list-compress compresses or decompresses sorted word lists for use with the GNU Aspell spell checker.

       -c, c, compress
              compress the plain text word list read from standard input.

       -d, d, decompress
              decompress the compressed word list read from standard input.

       Here are a few examples of how you can use word-list-compress

       word-list-compress d <wordlist.cwl >wordlist.txt
              Decompress file wordlist.cwl to text file wordlist.txt

       word-list-compress c <wordlist.wl >wordlist.cwl 2>errors.txt
              Compress wordlist.wl to wordlist.cwl and send any error messages to a text file named errors.txt

       LC_COLLATE=C sort -u <wordlist.txt | word-list-compress c >wordlist.cwl
              Sort a word list, then pipe it to word-list-compress to create a compressed binary wordlist.cwl file.

       word-list-compress d <words.cwl | aspell create master ./words.rws
              Decompress  a wordlist, then pipe it to aspell(1) to create a spelling list.  Please check the aspell(1)
              info manual for proper usage and options.

       Word-list-compress is best used with sorted word list type files.  It is not a general purpose compression pro-
       gram since the resulting files may actually increase in size.

       Word-list-compress  accepts up to 255 text characters in the range of {0x21...0xFF}. If your word list requires
       a larger character set for certain languages or longer length for multi-word, scientific, medical, technical or
       other use, then it is recommended that you compress your word list using prezip-bin(1)

       Word-list-compress  normally  exits  with  a  return code of 0. If it encounters an error, a message is sent to
       standard error output (stderr), and word-list-compress exits with a non-zero return value.  Error messages  are
       listed below:

       (display help/usage message)
              Unknown  command  given  on  the command line so word-list-compress displays a usage message to standard
              error output.

       Corrupt Input
              This is only for the decompression command d.  The input file is of  an  unknown  format  or  the  input
              file/stream is corrupted.  You may have some valid output, but word-list-compress could not complete the
              process.  If the input file is a compressed wordlist but you have no output file, then it may be a newer
              prezip-bin(1)  version of compressed file, if so, try decompressing the file with prezip-bin(1) instead.

       Output Data Error
              The output is full, write protected, or has an error and can no longer be written to.

       aspell(1), aspell-import(1), prezip-bin(1), run-with-aspell(1)

       Aspell is fully documented in  its  Texinfo  manual.   See  the  'aspell'  entry  in  info  for  more  complete

       For  help, see the Aspell homepage at <>; and send bug reports/comments to the Aspell user list
       at the above address.

       This manual page was written by Aaron Lehmann <>, Brian Nelson <> and Jose  Da
       Silva <>.

GNU                               2005-09-05             WORD-LIST-COMPRESS(1)