Aspell and Python
kevina at gnu.org
Tue Oct 22 02:01:46 CEST 2002
On Mon, 21 Oct 2002, Mike C. Fletcher wrote:
> Kevin Atkinson wrote:
> >You misunderstand. word-list-compress simply compresses and decompresses
> >a sorted word list to save space. It is not used in any way by Aspell
> I understood that word-list-compress was an offline utility, but I'm not
> sure what you're using to search the compressed word-list on disk. That
> is, how does _Aspell_ make use of the data once it's been compressed?
> Is it something like a bisect algo with an index somewhere on disk to
> the items in the file? (I gather by your reaction that the entire
> word-list is not all loaded into memory at run-time).
Aspell does not use it directly. It decompress it first. A dictionary
is created something like this:
cat wordlist.cwl | word-list-compress d | aspell create master
In a read in one line at a time and then loaded into memory as the new
dictionary is created.
Once a dictionary is created the compressed word-list is not used.
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