Re: [htdig] No more weird endings problem

Subject: Re: [htdig] No more weird endings problem
From: Gilles Detillieux (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 08:14:13 PDT

According to Alexey Rodriguez:
> Good morning everyone, i finally managed to get some time to look
> at my problem. I discovered that htfuzzy has a small bug while parsing
> *.aff files. If you have the following rule:
> Z > -Z, CES # audaz audaces
> ^
> .
> .
> |
> htfuzzy will stop parsing the line
> after this space, therefore it will cut the word ending but it won't add
> the later part. It caused a lot of repetitions for generated words.
> I fixed the problem with a lazy script that removed spaces after
> the comma. Even the "DB2 problem..." messages stopped appearing.
> Maybe this is an issue that has been already addressed. IMHO it
> not a good idea to (only) strip the spaces off the aff file, it would be
> better to fix the parsing code in so that people with similar
> aff files won't have that problem. I can make the patch if you consider
> thatnecessary (Gilles? Geoff?).

That would be great. Ideally, htfuzzy should take any aff file that
ispell allows, without having to preprocess it. If you can get a patch
to us, it would be appreciated. (I'll be away for the next 3 weeks,
but I'm sure Geoff could port it to the 3.2 development code, and Joe
can archive the 3.1.5 version of the patch for others to use.)

> Another issue that i encountered is that mungeWord doesn't handle
> accented words ('abaco -> ábaco). Is this normal or must i fix the aff
> file (or source for instance) ?

Again, I'm not familiar enough with affix files to say for sure, but it
seems to me that htfuzzy should map the two-character accent notation
to the corresponding ISO accented letter. Maybe some of the affix file
parsing code should be borrowed from ispell.

Gilles R. Detillieux              E-mail: <>
Spinal Cord Research Centre       WWW:
Dept. Physiology, U. of Manitoba  Phone:  (204)789-3766
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