Introduction to gspell

The gspell package provides a flexible API to add spell checking to a GTK+ application.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS 12.1 platform.

Package Information

gspell Dependencies


enchant-2.6.7, ICU-74.2, and GTK+-3.24.41


gobject-introspection-1.78.1, GTK-Doc-1.33.2, Vala-0.56.14, and Valgrind-3.22.0

Installation of gspell

Install gspell by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

To test the results, issue: make check. The tests must be run in an X session. One test, test-checker, is known to fail if the external package Hunspell is not installed.

Now, as the root user:

make install

The libtool archive file from this package is referring to the libraries from ICU-74.2. Such a reference may cause packages depending on this package to be unnecessary linked against the ICU libraries and increase the burden to rebuild packages if ICU is updated to a new major version. As we've explained in Libtool archive (.la) files, these libtool archive files are unneeded anyway. So as the root user, remove the libtool archive file now:

rm -v /usr/lib/


Installed Programs: gspell-app1
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gspell-1 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/gspell-1.0

Short Descriptions


checks the spelling of a text entered in a window

is the gspell API library