If you are using alpine as your email client, you may find that hitting ctrl-T to invoke a spell checker does not work, in alpine 1.0 as installed in Ubuntu. It is easy to fix.
I looked around for the answer to this question, but it is a bit esoteric so there is very little, and what there is stands mainly as examples of the down side of community support. People state that the spell checker is not working, and others answer with various bits of advice that do not work at all because they are nothing other than vague guesses that do not address the problem.
It is possible, even probable, that other distros install alpine in a manner that functions correctly, and this may be a bug in the Ubuntu distribution, but I’m not sure. In any event, this is what you can try to fix it:
From within alpine, be at or go to the main menue
go to setup (S)
go to configure (C)
search for “spell” using ctrl-W (hit ctrol-w then type in “spell” without the quotes and hit enter)
You will arrive at the option “Spell Check Before Sending” … check that if you like, up to you.
Hit ctrl-W again and accept the default (“spell”)
You should now be at the option “Speller” which probably has no value set.
Hit enter to allow entry of a value, and type in:
This assumes you have aspell installed, which, if yo ure using Ubuntu you do. Note that the tricky part here is the ‘-c’ option. This causes alpine to invoke aspell in the “check spelling” mode.
If that does not work, complain in the comments below and someone will figure it out for you. Maybe.
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