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TranceDude 08-24-2005 01:58 PM


i wanted to make up some space so i tried looking for packages i dont need

i found different aspell packages (in different languages) but i cant remove them because a lot of other packages depend on them
What is aspell used for and can i delete the other languages like italian, ... because i dont need them?

mjrich 08-24-2005 02:53 PM


GNU Aspell is a spell-checker which can be used either as a standalone application or embedded in other programs. Its main feature is that it does a much better job of suggesting possible spellings than just about any other spell-checker available for the English language, including Ispell and Microsoft Word. It also has many other technical enhancements over Ispell such as using shared memory for dictionaries and intelligently handling personal dictionaries when more than one Aspell process is open at once. (Deb. aspell package description)
Personally, I have nothing against Ispell, despite the above :) but the point is that they are great spellcheckers, IMHO, particularly if you do any work with LaTeX.

You can almost certainly remove any unneeded dictionaries (other than your default) however.



TranceDude 08-24-2005 02:55 PM

but i can't because synaptic said a lot of other packages have to be removed ...
I won't delete my whole system
How can i only delete those aspell packages?

mjrich 08-24-2005 03:10 PM

The only packages you will most likely be able to remove, are the individual dictionaries, for example

apt-get remove aspell-it
apt-get remove aspell-de

to remove the Italian and German dictionaries. Aspell, libaspel and dictionaries-common you will probably have to leave installed.



TranceDude 08-24-2005 03:15 PM

thanks it works, but why does it work with apt-get and NOT with synaptic?
Synaptic uses apt-get right?
If i use synaptic then he tells me there are a lot of other packages who need to remove too if you want to remove for example the italian one ...

mjrich 08-24-2005 03:51 PM

To be honest I hardly use Synaptic, however I believe that there is an option in it's preferences to set "recommended" packages as being dependencies -- it may have something to do with this.



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