spell(1) GNU spell, a Unix spell emulator


spell [options] files ...


This manual page documents briefly the spell command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution (but may be used by others), because the original program does not have a manual page. Instead, it has documentation in the GNU Info format; see below.

spell is a program that emulates the traditional Unix spell command by calling the Ispell utility.

It is a spell checking program which prints each misspelled word on a line of its own.


The programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options are included below. For a complete description, see the Info files.
-I, --ispell-version
Print Ispell's version.
-V, --version
Print the version number.
-b, --british
Use the British dictionary.
-d, --dictionary=FILE
Use FILE to look up words.
-h, --help
Print a summary of the options.
-i, --ispell=PROGRAM
Calls PROGRAM as Ispell.
-D, --ispell-dictionary=DICTIONARY
Use the named DICTIONARY to look up words.
-l, --all-chains
Ignored; for compatibility.
-n, --number
Print line numbers before lines.
-o, --print-file-name
Print file names before lines.
-s, --stop-list=FILE
Ignored; for compatibility.
-v, --verbose
Print words not literally found.
-x, --print-stems
Ignored; for compatibility.


This manual page was written by Dominik Kubla <[email protected]>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system.