Articles April 28, 2005 at 9:24 pm

Check spelling in SquirrelMail on Mac OS X Server 10.3.9

I noticed that squirelspell is not working on Mac OS X Server. I found an outdated article at this site. Using that article and searching internet, I compiled this article. I hope this will be useful to many OS X Server administrators.
–Updated to add step to symlink ispell – May 1, 2005–

I also posted these instructions at

Check spelling in SquirrelMail on Mac OS X Server 10.3.9

  1. Download ispell-3.3.00.tar.gz from

  2. Unpack the downloaded file. If you are using Safari, it will be automatically unpacked

  3. cd your_download_location/ispell-3.3.00

  4. cp local.h.macos local.h

  5. Open local.h using your favorite editor and delete the following line:

define USG /* Define on System V or if term.c won’t compile */

  1. Create a new file called fixispell-a (no extenstion) using your favorite editor

  2. Copy, Paste source from
    Save fixispell-a.
    This is also available at

  3. make all

  4. sudo make install

  5. sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/ispell /sbin/ispell

  6. If you have not already done, use SquirrelMail’s to add plugin squirelspell

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