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Re: [Help-nano] Spell Checker Under Windows: Please Help

From: John Goche
Subject: Re: [Help-nano] Spell Checker Under Windows: Please Help
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2009 15:14:57 +0100

Thank you for your reply...
Wouldn't it be better if nano for windows supported spell checking using
a simple dictionary file such as the traditional /usr/dict/words found in
Unix environments (this file usually contains a list of words with one
word per line), thus doing away with the need to rely on a separate
program such as ispell?
It seems somewhat unreasonable that one would have to download
cygwin just to get spell checking to work under windows.
John Goche
On Mon, Jul 13, 2009 at 5:33 PM, [Name and Email Deleted] wrote:
The win32 binary is really not intended for a full-fledged email
environment; nano does not contain its own spell checking program, it
just invokes 'spell' or 'ispell' under the covers.  If you were to
install a win32 binary of ispell you could probably get the nano
binary to work with that but I'm not aware of any such binaries.  My
advice would be if you're looking to use nano for real email editing,
I would install it via cygwin ( which
would allow you to get ispell or spell binaries installed as well.

On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 10:30, John Goche<address@hidden> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have downloaded the nano text editor (a clone of the former
> pico text editor that used to be distributed with pine, an
> internet mail program and newgroup reader developed at
> the University of Washington). I have downloaded nano from:
> I have downloaded the zip file containing the Windows
> executable file. On the nano main screen, in the lower
> left hand corner appears the [^T To Spell] option to run
> the spell checker. However when I press CTRL-T the
> response on the bottom of the screen is:
> [ Error writing temp file: No such file or directory ] .
> Do I have to install a dictionary file somewhere on Windows
> Vista for it to work? Where do I get the dictionary file from
> and exactly where does it need to be for nanoto find it?
> I have checked the nano FAQ at the nano website but found no answers. Could
> someone kindly tell me how I can fix the problem I am experiencing?
> Thanks a lot,
> John Goche
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