Gitorious spelling problems

At work, we introduced gitorious as Git frontend - it looks nice and allows developers to create new projects and repositories with a few clicks. Setting up permissions is also trivial with it.

During setup, we encountered some problems that took some time to solve - given that - as a PHP shop - we have no experience with Ruby at all.

Uninitialized constant Ultrasphinx :Spell::Aspell

The first problem, logged in gitorious/log/production.log,

** ultrasphinx spelling support not available
(raspell configuration raised "uninitialized constant Ultrasphinx :Spell::Aspell")

was relatively easy to fix:

$ aptitude install libaspell-dev 
$ gem install raspell

Now we had to restart apache and all was well.

No word lists can be found for the language "ap"

Actually not everything was good after installing aspell since aspell did not find the dictionary:

** ultrasphinx spelling support not available
(raspell configuration raised "No word lists can be found for the language "ap".")

I found two blog entries linking to a non-existing page which was supposed to explain the solution, so I had to find out myself. The #gitorious Freenode channel gave me the the hint I needed, and in the end all it took to solve the problem was:

$ aspell config dict-dir
/usr/lib/aspell
$ cd /path/to/gitorious
$ cp vendor/plugins/ultrasphinx/examples/ap.multi /usr/lib/aspell/
$ RAILS_ENV=production rake ultrasphinx:spelling:build
$ /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Written by Christian Weiske.

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