After install aspell I was looking for any configuration file

~$ aspell dump config
# conf (string)
#   main configuration file
# default: aspell.conf

# conf-dir (string)
#   location of main configuration file
# default: /etc

but I couldn't find one

~$ sudo find / -iname "*aspell*.conf"

How to create a global configuration file, just execute sudo aspell --conf "aspell.conf" --conf-dir "/etc"?

:~$ lsb_release -a
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
Release:        16.04
Codename:       xenial
  • Based on the man page, it looks like the default is /etc/aspell.conf - so you can just create that file if it does not already exist. Or put personal configuration options in ~/.aspell.conf. May 24, 2017 at 23:02
  • @steeldriver, the man page says also "... The /etc/aspell.conf file is a good example of how to set these options ..." But what should be the default content if I would just create the config file on my own?
    – Hölderlin
    May 24, 2017 at 23:37
  • . . . what are you trying to configure? I don't think it needs any default content - the idea is to overwrite specific name-value pairs with non default values May 24, 2017 at 23:55
  • @steeldriver, I want to add different dictionaries, but this is not the question. My question was about the "... good example..." but I couldn't find the example.
    – Hölderlin
    May 25, 2017 at 0:02

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Create one: /etc/aspell.conf

Or in newer versions, I believe it is in: /usr/local/etc

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