View Full Version : Problems with Gedit (Tools->Set Language->Blank List)

16th April 2008, 01:51 PM
I've just installed Fedora 8 Live CD i686 and I was using gedit to write a latex document. I wanted to turn on spell checking, but doing so highlights every word in the document. The reason it is doing this is because there are no languages listed in the 'Set Language' dialog. Does anyone know how I can add a dictionary/language to gedit? I imagine this is pretty straight forward.

17th April 2008, 09:24 AM
Have you enabled all the plug-ins, especially the spell-checker?
Edit=>Preferences=>Plugins=> I just checked them all....


17th April 2008, 09:59 AM
Yes, but there are still no languages listed in the 'Set Languages' dialog.

17th April 2008, 10:31 AM
Apparently, this is not quite that straightforward....

gedit requires pango, so you should have it - should - do you?
rpm -q pango

How about gtkspell:
Summary : GtkSpell provides on-the-fly spell checking for GtkTextView widgets.
Description :
GtkSpell provides word-processor-style highlighting and replacement of
misspelled words in a GtkTextView widget as you type. Right-clicking a
misspelled word pops up a menu of suggested replacements.Or gnome-spell:
Summary : Bonobo component for spell checking
Description :
Gnome Spell is GNOME/Bonobo component for spell checking. In current
version it contains GNOME::Spell::Dictionary object, which provides
spell checking dictionary (see Spell.idl for exact API definition).
It's based on pspell package, which is required to build gnome-spell.Or maybe you need aspell plus aspell-en:
Summary : A spelling checker
Summary : English dictionaries for AspellIf you don't have any or all of these just "shot-gun" install them all. Then try again. Won't hurt to restart gedit after installing new spellchecker packages.


18th April 2008, 11:56 AM
Thanks a lot. Yes, I was missing the aspell-en package, but had all the others. Funny that Fedora would not come pre-installed with a spelling dictionary. I'm sure this is the same package used by xemacs also. I think I may post a bug regarding this. I think a spelling dictionary should be included with a text editor. Don't you?

18th April 2008, 12:36 PM
Ok, I've logged a bug regarding this at:


We'll see if it gets any notice by the developers.

30th April 2008, 06:10 PM
The developers have closed my bug and agreed to implement this in Fedora 9. Hopefully, I've helped in some small way :)