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       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 program 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 documentation.


       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 <>.

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