Bug 83049 - spellcheck fails
Summary: spellcheck fails
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: Other Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Spell-Checking
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Reported: 2014-08-25 09:14 UTC by robin
Modified: 2016-10-10 12:57 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Spell check settings 1 (136.43 KB, image/png)
2015-09-02 10:32 UTC, Max Eaves
Spell check settings 2 (129.33 KB, image/png)
2015-09-02 10:32 UTC, Max Eaves

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Description robin 2014-08-25 09:14:28 UTC
kubuntu linux.  Spellcheck worked fine yesterday, did not work today.  I have not changed any settings since then.  Now words like "adfadf" do not have wiggly red lines under them.  I ticked the "abc" wiggly red line box.  No luck.  Spent hours googling, other people have exactly the same problem, not just me.  I reset the  language, mucked about for ages.  Tried "tools -> options -> language settings -> writing aids -> check spelling as you type" and rechecked the box.  No luck.  Unchecked the box and checked it again.  No luck.  Sometimes it works, today it didn't.  Maybe it will work tomorrow.   Probably not.
Comment 1 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2014-09-14 00:59:36 UTC
Hello robin,

The problem may be due to your user profile, so please follow instructions at the following link to clear your profile < http://ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/903/where-are-the-libreoffice-data-profile-files/ >. Please let us know if it still persists.
Comment 2 Jean-Baptiste Faure 2014-09-21 18:02:52 UTC
Please, could you attach a test file for which spellcheck does not work on your LibreOffice installation ?

Best regards. JBF
Comment 3 robin 2015-03-07 18:36:06 UTC
Hllo again, updated to LibreOffice, Still problems with the
spellchecker.  It is the exactly same problem as last time.

A little while ago, I got the spellchecker working and could see wiggly
lines under misspelled words. Typed a few sentences, everything was fine.

Then the wiggly lines just disappeared, even for words like "asdadfaf".

Tools -> customize -> language settings -> writing aids -> "check
spelling as you type".  This is checked.  Please don't tell me to check
this: it is checked.

Spellcheck seems to work for five minutes or so, and then stops working.  Munted words  such as "sssdsss" do not have a wiggly red line.

Interestingly I had two documents open simultaneously, and spellcheck worked on one but not the other. 

Sorry I'm getting frustrated but I have wasted a lot of time on this,
and I am absolutely no further forward in getting it working reliably.

 best wishes, please please please fix this, it is driving me nuts.
Comment 4 Max Eaves 2015-09-02 10:30:49 UTC
Hello there,

I wanted to reopen this bug - under Version (GNU/Linux - Fedora 22_x86_64) version.

I am in the UK, and therefore use a en-GB spelling checker.  I can confirm the following things:

I confirm that I have ditched my profile - deleting the .options/libreoffice/4 profile and I can confirm that the settings are as shown in my screenshots.

Same issue here really - spelling doesn't work at all - pressing F7 will ask if you wish to scan the whole document, but doesn't find any errors and that process exits.

Happy to help diagnose this issue; it may have something to do with the en-GB dictionary - which always seems to have been temperamental (going back to OpenOffice days).

Let me know what you want me to do.


Comment 5 Max Eaves 2015-09-02 10:32:00 UTC
Created attachment 118335 [details]
Spell check settings 1

Spell check settings from Tools->Options
Comment 6 Max Eaves 2015-09-02 10:32:39 UTC
Created attachment 118336 [details]
Spell check settings 2

Spell check settings from Tools->Options.
Comment 7 Yousuf Philips (jay) (retired) 2015-09-02 21:00:51 UTC
(In reply to Max Eaves from comment #6)
> Created attachment 118336 [details]
> Spell check settings 2
> Spell check settings from Tools->Options.

The 'Western' drop down menu shows that you dont have spellchecking for English (UK). Languages with spellchecking installed will have an abc icon next to the language name. So open it up and see which languages have that icon. This likely can be solved by installing the necessary en-gb dictionary package in your package manager.
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2015-10-09 18:38:38 UTC
Did comment 7 solve it for everyone?

Change back to UNCONFIRMED, if the problem persists. Change to RESOLVED WORKSFORME, if the problem went away.
Comment 9 Xisco Faulí 2016-09-11 19:49:30 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 Xisco Faulí 2016-10-10 11:13:11 UTC
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