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FreeBSD 10 ispell port

Building and installing ispell on a new install of FreeBSD 10 (now RC5) failed. With ISPELL_BRITISH set, the following errors occur during a "make install".

  install  -o root -g wheel -m 444 /usr/ports/textproc/ispell/work/ispell-3.3.02/languages/british/english.xlg  /usr/local/share/ispell/english.dict
  install: /usr/ports/textproc/ispell/work/*/*.aff: No such file or directory
  *** Error code 71 (ignored)
  ====> Compressing man pages (compress-man)
  ===>  Installing for ispell-3.3.02_5
  ===>  Checking if textproc/ispell already installed
  ===>   Registering installation for ispell-3.3.02_5
  pkg-static: lstat(/usr/ports/textproc/ispell/work/stage/usr/local/bin/buildhash): No such file or directory
  pkg-static: lstat(/usr/ports/textproc/ispell/work/stage/usr/local/bin/defmt-c): No such file or directory
  pkg-static: lstat(/usr/ports/textproc/ispell/work/stage/usr/local/bin/defmt-sh): No such file or directory
  ... the list goes on ...

There are two different errors: The first is the failure to install the *.aff files. The next is the slew of pkg-static errors.

On inspecting the Makefile, it seems that the *.aff error was caused by the path specification not going deep enough into the work directory tree. The second problem, related to pkg-static, was due to the new method of package creation implemented since pnkng hit mainstream. For ports that are not yet packagised, the NO_STAGE macro can be set to omit the staging step. This macro had been added to the Makefile but was not evaluated when specifying any non-US spelling environment.

The following unified diff shows the changes to the Makefile which made the install work in my environment (long lines folded).

  root@cobalt:/usr/ports/textproc/ispell # diff -u Makefile.orig Makefile
  --- Makefile.orig       2014-01-07 16:54:08.000000000 +0000
  +++ Makefile    2014-01-07 17:07:26.000000000 +0000
  @@ -35,9 +35,9 @@
   DATADIR=       ${PREFIX}/share/ispell
   ISPELL=                ${WRKSRC}/ispell

  -.if (!defined(ISPELL_ES) && !defined(ISPELL_IT) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_FR) && !defined(ISPELL_SE) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_BR) && !defined(ISPELL_DENEU) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_DEALT) && !defined(ISPELL_BRITISH)  && \
    !defined(ISPELL_NO) && !defined(ISPELL_NL) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_DA) && !defined(ISPELL_AF) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_FI) && !defined(ISPELL_PL) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_BG) && !defined(ISPELL_SK) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_CS)) 
  NO_STAGE= yes

  +.if (!defined(ISPELL_ES) && !defined(ISPELL_IT) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_FR) && !defined(ISPELL_SE) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_BR) && !defined(ISPELL_DENEU) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_DEALT) && !defined(ISPELL_BRITISH)  && \
    !defined(ISPELL_NO) && !defined(ISPELL_NL) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_DA) && !defined(ISPELL_AF) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_FI) && !defined(ISPELL_PL) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_BG) && !defined(ISPELL_SK) && \
    !defined(ISPELL_CS)) 
   pre-everything::
          @${ECHO_MSG} '*********************************************************'
          @${ECHO_MSG} '* You can add further dictionaries:                     *'
  @@ -347,7 +347,7 @@
          ${INSTALL_DATA} ${WRKSRC}/languages/american/english.med+ \
                  ${DATADIR}/english.dict
   .endif
  -       @-${INSTALL_DATA} ${WRKDIR}/*/*.aff ${WRKDIR}/*/*.hash ${DATADIR}
  +       @-${INSTALL_DATA} ${WRKDIR}/*/*/*/*.aff ${WRKDIR}/*/*/*/*.hash ${DATADIR}
   .if defined(ISPELL_ES)
          @${CAT} ${MASTERDIR}/pkg-plist.es >> ${TMPPLIST}
   .endif

The defect has been reported.

Update: 31st January, 2014

The fix for the defect report was to remove the ispell port from the ports tree. The replacement is aspell-ispell, an ispell shim for aspell. The simplest way of installing the English language version is to use pkg:

  # pkg install -y en-aspell
  # (cd /usr/ports/textproc/aspell-ispell; make install)

There are other language ports for aspell, all starting with the standard two character code.

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