Articles October 16, 2005 at 10:00 pm

Check spelling in SquirrelMail on Mac OS X Server 10.4.2

This is an updated to my article/instructions for making "Check Spelling" work in SquirrelMail.
The old article is:
Check spelling in SquirrelMail on Mac OS X Server 10.3.9

Updated instructions:

Check spelling in SquirrelMail on Mac OS X Server 10.4.2

  1. Download ispell-3.3.02.tar.gz from
  2. Unpack the downloaded file. If you are using Safari, it might be automatically unpacked
  3. cd your_download_location/ispell-3.3.02
  4. cp local.h.macos local.h
  5. make all
  6. sudo make install
  7. sudo ln -s /usr/local/bin/ispell /sbin/ispell

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

E-mail your comments/suggestions to [email protected]

I also posted these instructions at

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  • I seem to be having an issue. Steps 1-4 work great and then I type "make all"
    as instructed in Step 5 but I get an error:

    -bash: make: command not found

    Any suggestions?

    • Install the Developer Tools.

      Changing the world, one server at a time.

      Joel Rennich

    • This would have helped me so maybe it’ll help someone else…

      Config file is here: /private/etc/squirrelmail/config/config.php
      Add this to the bottom: $plugins[0] = ‘squirrelspell’;

      Make sure you spell "squirrelspell" right. I copied and pasted it from "use
      SquirrelMail’s to add plugin squirelspell" where it is spelled wrong…
      drove me nuts trying to figure out what the problem was… although I’m a

      Thanks for the article guys!

  • Where do I find the Developer Tools? Should they have come with my OS X Server disks or are they downloadable from the Apple Site?

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