How can I add language dictionaries to KDE apps? So far they only support some variants of English. There are hints that Hunspell could be used, but according to dpkg -l 'hunspell*', hunspell itself is not installed, while, curiously, hunspell-en-us is). Furthermore, the list of available language packages is small, and doesn't contain major languages such as Spanish or French.

The KDE handbook is a dead-end (broken link...)

Using Kubuntu 16.04

  • Did you try apt list --all-versions | grep hunspell? – DK Bose May 15 '18 at 16:27
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    No I didn't. OK, so there are Spanish and French dictionaries and if I install them they show up in the spelling choices for Kate. If you add this as an answer I'll gladly accept it. – xenoid May 15 '18 at 16:34

apt list --all-versions | grep hunspell is a convenient way to list the various languages available. You can then choose to install whatever you need.

apt list --all-versions | grep hunspell

WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.

hunspell/bionic 1.6.2-1 amd64
hunspell-af/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-an/bionic 0.2-2 all
hunspell-ar/bionic 3.2-1 all
hunspell-be/bionic 0.53-3 all
hunspell-bg/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-bn/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-bo/bionic 0.4.0-1 all
hunspell-br/bionic 0.12-2 all
hunspell-bs/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-ca/bionic 3.0.2+repack1-2 all
hunspell-cs/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-da/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-de-at/bionic 20161207-4 all
hunspell-de-at-frami/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-de-ch/bionic 20161207-4 all
hunspell-de-ch-frami/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-de-de/bionic 20161207-4 all
hunspell-de-de-frami/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-de-med/bionic 20160103-1 all
hunspell-dz/bionic 0.1.0-1 all
hunspell-el/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-en-au/bionic 1:2017.08.24 all
hunspell-en-ca/bionic 1:2017.08.24 all
hunspell-en-gb/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-en-med/bionic 0.0.20080513-2 all
hunspell-en-us/bionic,now 1:2017.08.24 all [installed]
hunspell-en-za/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-es/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-eu/bionic 0.5.20151110-2 all
hunspell-eu-es/bionic 0.5.20151110-2 all
hunspell-fr/bionic 1:6.2-1 all
hunspell-fr-classical/bionic 1:6.2-1 all
hunspell-fr-comprehensive/bionic 1:6.2-1 all
hunspell-fr-modern/bionic 1:6.2-1 all
hunspell-fr-revised/bionic 1:6.2-1 all
hunspell-gd/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-gl/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-gl-es/bionic 13.10-1 all
hunspell-gu/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-gug/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-he/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-hi/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-hr/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-hu/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-is/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-it/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-kk/bionic 1.1-2 all
hunspell-kmr/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-ko/bionic 0.7.1-1 all
hunspell-lo/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-lt/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-ml/bionic 0.1-2 all
hunspell-ne/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-nl/bionic 2:2.10-6 all
hunspell-no/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-oc/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-pl/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-pt-br/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-pt-pt/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-ro/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-ru/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-se/bionic 1.0~beta6.20081222-1.2 all
hunspell-si/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-sk/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-sl/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-sr/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-sv/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-sw/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-te/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-th/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-tools/bionic 1.6.2-1 amd64
hunspell-uk/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
hunspell-uz/bionic 0.6-4 all
hunspell-vi/bionic 1:6.0.3-3 all
libhunspell-1.6-0/bionic,now 1.6.2-1 amd64 [installed]
libhunspell-dev/bionic 1.6.2-1 amd64
libtext-hunspell-perl/bionic 2.11-1build4 amd64
python-hunspell/bionic 0.4.1-1build3 amd64
python3-hunspell/bionic 0.4.1-1build3 amd64

The reason why the list seen with dpkg -l 'hunspell*' is shorter is explained here:

$ dpkg -l 'hunspell*'
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                            Version              Architecture         Description
un  hunspell                        <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-ar                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-da                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-de-at                  <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-de-ch                  <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-de-de                  <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-dictionary             <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-dictionary-en          <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-dictionary-en-us       <none>               <none>               (no description available)
ii  hunspell-en-us                  1:2017.08.24         all                  English_american dictionary for hunspell
un  hunspell-eu-es                  <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-gl-es                  <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-kk                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-ko                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-se                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)
un  hunspell-uz                     <none>               <none>               (no description available)

But, in the output above, ii means that the package is installed whereas un means it hasn't been installed. un doesn't mean that the package is not available for installation. <none> below Version maybe confusing.

Here's more on the output of dpkg -l: What do the various dpkg flags like 'ii' 'rc' mean?.

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