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I am using GNU Emacs 24.3.1 on Mac Mavericks (Darwin Kernel Version 13.4.0). When I run ispell command I get the error as in the title. I cannot do spell check. Anybody has a hint?


This is the part of my .emacs that regards ispell:

(setq ispell-program-name "/usr/local/bin/aspell")
(setq ispell-program-name "aspell"
      ispell-dictionary "english"
      ispell-dictionary-alist
      (let ((default '("[A-Za-z]" "[^A-Za-z]" "[']" nil
                       ("-B" "-d" "english" "--dict-dir"
                        "/Library/Application Support/cocoAspell/aspell6-en-6.0-0")
                       nil iso-8859-1)))
        `((nil ,@default)
          ("english" ,@default))))
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  • Found this from googling; that link provides few options to fix this known issue. Feb 12 '15 at 17:58
  • fwiw: I have tried unsuccessfully several times since 1998 or so to get aspell to work. In theory, it is a drop-in replacement (better?) for ispell. Consider removing aspell and installing the older ispell. ispell has never failed for me. If you're working with core installs on MacOS and don't want to muck with Apple's offerings, it may be the case that when both ispell and aspell are installed, the emacsian invocation of ispell will trump to ispell (have never tested with both installed simultaneously).
    – ericx
    Feb 13 '15 at 1:01
  • @ericx the weird thing is that I think it was working a while ago, but then I haven't used it for some time and I can't say what I changed in the configuration of mac. I think the reason I choose aspell was that it can do the spell-check on the fly, can't it?
    – simona
    Feb 13 '15 at 9:14
  • @kaushalmodi yeah, the fact is that those instructions are not detailed enough for me, and they refer to aquamacs rather then emacs
    – simona
    Feb 13 '15 at 9:16
  • @ericx I installed ispell and flyspell, and put flyspell in autoload. Now ispell highlights words as incorrect only if I pass with the cursor on them :(
    – simona
    Feb 13 '15 at 9:45

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