Add an alternative to

Bug #660259 reported by John Crawford on 2010-10-14
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-utils (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-utils

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ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: gnome-dictionary 2.31.1-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.34-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Oct 13 19:27:03 2010
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-dictionary
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100427.1)
SourcePackage: gnome-utils

John Crawford (johnc4510) wrote :
Alexander Gnodtke (gnodtke) wrote :

10.10 final
I can confirm this bug.
gnome-dictionary fails to look up entries, there is no output in the terminal.

Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Alexander Gnodtke (gnodtke) wrote :

Hi John,
could you please check if your dictionary is working again? It seems that was down for a few days.

Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
John Crawford (johnc4510) wrote :


I'm still not getting any definitions via the app. I'm now getting this msg after entering word for look-up.

 * Error while looking up definition

 * Connection failed to the dictionary server at

If is still down it's their problem, if not, something in the app. is keeping the connection from completing.

Let me know if you need any other info.


Alexander Gnodtke (gnodtke) wrote :

Same here:
* Connection failed to the dictionary server at

I will set this bug to confirmed.

In my opinion there should be something like a fall back solution if cannot be reached. This could be a different website or an off-line dictionary like I think I remember in much earlier versions.

Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

This is actually a problem with and we cannot blame gnome-dictionary for this.

summary: - dictionary app. won't execute word look up
+ Add an alternative to

Triaged on request by Alexander on IRC.

Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
summary: - Add an alternative to
+ Add an alternative to as its not working

Hi John, in oder to get your dictionary working off-line you could follow these instructions:

Bug #19227 is a wishlist bug requesting default off-line usage.
This bug is different as it would merely request a fallback option (online and/or off-line).

john77eipe (john77eipe) wrote :

Still it's not working.

I think every ubuntu user is facing this problem.

John Crawford (johnc4510) wrote :


As of today, the dictionary app. is working. must be back up and working now. Thanks for the above work-around.
If I have any further problems I may have to try it as I use this app. on a daily basis.



Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

Reducing importance, as seems to be up again.

summary: - Add an alternative to as its not working
+ Add an alternative to
Changed in gnome-utils (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → Wishlist
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