here's a kludgy solution:
the file command seems to recognise different languages (kind of):
hoth ~ ... cat english.txt
the 'file' command recognises loadsa languages !
hoth ~ ... cat french.txt
La commande 'de fichier' reconnaît des langues loadsa!
hoth ~ ... file english.txt
english.txt: English text
hoth ~ ... file french.txt
french.txt: International language text
I dunno where it get's its language recognition from, it's not linked
against any fancy international libs - must be in glibc.
Anyways, given the above, you could use the following:
if `file "$filename"|grep 'International language'` >/dev/null 2>&1
aspell_opts="$aspell_opts -d french"
aspell $aspell_opts -c "$filename"
I'm sure file must be more useful than that, via magic(5) or glibc
internationalization (il8n ?) or whatever, but that's going beyond
my manpage-reading abilities ;)
Hope that helps a bit,
On Pungenday, the 63rd day of Chaos, Eoin Phillips gurgled:
> On Mon, Mar 04, 2002 at 02:37:44PM +0100, David Neary wrote:
> > And finally is it possible to get aspell to recognise the
> > language that a file is written in, and to get it to load the
> > appropriate language automagically? If not, how can I specify at
> > run-time the language to check with?
>> Don't know about recognising languages automatically, but the -d switch
> specifies which dictionary is used e.g.
> aspell -d german -c filename.tex
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