What package do I need to install to meet the gtkspell spell-check dependency in Zim Wiki?

orschiro@x230:~$ dpkg -l | grep gtkspell # grep deb package
ii  libgtkspell-dev                                      2.0.16-1.1ubuntu1                                           amd64        Development files for GtkSpell
ii  libgtkspell0                                         2.0.16-1.1ubuntu1                                           amd64        a spell-checking addon for GTK's TextView widget
ii  libgtkspell3-3-0:amd64                               3.0.7-2                                                     amd64        spell-checking addon for GTK+'s TextView widget
ii  python-gtkspell                                      2.25.3-13                                                   amd64        Python bindings for the GtkSpell library
ii  python-gtkspellcheck                                 3.0-1.1                                                     all          spellchecking library written in Python for Gtk based on Enchant


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  • You can get the gtkspell from here launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+source/gtkspell
    – Cyber_Star
    Jul 22, 2016 at 14:27
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    I already have these packages installed but they do not meet the dependency. Screenshot.
    – orschiro
    Jul 22, 2016 at 21:40
  • dpkg -l *gtkspell* would have worked just as well. No need to list all packages just to grep them afterwards. What you actually wanted was probably apt-cache search gtkspell, which searches all packages is the currently configured repositories and not just all packages that have been installed on your system at some point. :-) Sep 14, 2016 at 10:19

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apt-cache search gtkspell finds the package python-gtkspellcheck which sounds exactly like what you want.

You can also find it in the list of recommended packages of zim:

$ apt-cache show zim | grep '^Recommends:'
Recommends: python-gtkspell

You can display and install recommended packages through Synaptic via the context menu or through Apt (with the --install-recommends option in case you disabled the default APT::Install-Recommends configuration setting):

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends zim
  • There is no python-gtkspell, only python-gtkspellcheck; that's why gtkspell check failed
    – Ludenticus
    Oct 5, 2016 at 15:36
  • @Ludenticus: Ah, I see now. The zim package suggests the installation of a package python-gtkspell that doesn't exist in Xenial (see packages.ubuntu.com/xenial/zim). So that dependency is unsatisfiable with just the repositories. Zim seems to have found gtkspellcheck instead though. Is that enough to get spell checking to work? Considering your answer below it does, but I'd rather read your confirmation before I delete mine. Oct 5, 2016 at 19:16
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    Yes, Zim needs only one package to work (either gtkspell or gtkspellcheck). I was looking for a way to install both (when I posted my comment) until I realised that this had no reason. So, your answer is formally correct. I added mine to clarify this point.
    – Ludenticus
    Oct 8, 2016 at 23:41

As far as I can see, there is no need to install both packages. From Zim wiki:

Dependencies: This plugin requires either of two libraries: "gtkspell" or "gtkspellcheck", if both are installed, the later is used.

You can then select the plugin and configure the language.

Zim gtkspell


Try via pip, it worked for me.


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