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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


       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 <>.