Installer should add user's name to spell checker dictionary

Bug #442940 reported by Soren Hauberg on 2009-10-05
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
adduser (Ubuntu)
ubiquity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

During installation of Ubuntu I'm asked to enter my name, so the computer knows my name. However, that information is not passed on to the spell checker. I realise that I have a somewhat funny name (at least it is not very common), but it would be nice if the spell checker (in any app) didn't complain about it all the time.

The solution is conceptually simple (it might be technically hard): just add the users real name to the list of accepted words in the spell checker.

Micah Gersten (micahg) on 2009-10-05
tags: added: needs-reassignment
affects: ubuntu → ubiquity (Ubuntu)
Evan (ev) wrote :

Marking the installer task as invalid since implementing this functionality in adduser would mean that every user added to the system would enter the dictionary, not just the first one.

Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in adduser (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Confirmed
Vish (vish) on 2009-10-12
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged

@Evan Dandrea
There is no problem if every user is entered in the dictionary. I would love it if my computer's spell checker would also know my father's name?

Dylan McCall (dylanmccall) wrote :

I think it would make more sense if aspell did this dynamically, on its end.

Otherwise, what about mis-spelled user names, deleted users and the like? How can we handle removing that extra dictionary entry? (Deleting stuff is always a risky operation).

I think we can omit deletion. User deletion i a very rare thing on a desktop Linux. It can be very important on servers or others, but for normal single person desktop Linux, just addition can suffice.

tgpraveen (tgpraveen89) wrote :

yeah doing work for considering deletion would be over engineering.
if the account is deleted doesnt mean that person doesnt exist anymore and if the account was created in the first place maybe one would communicate with that person/reference him/her so having the name in spell check would be good.

tags: removed: needs-reassignment
summary: - Spell checker doesn't know my name
+ Installer should add user's name to spell checker dictionary
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: none → maverick-round-8-potpourri
Takashi Osako (takashi-osako) wrote :

Is it better modify in useradd instead of adduser? and use libenchant1c2a library to manage all spell checker program to add names?

Vish (vish) on 2010-11-23
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: maverick-round-8-potpourri → nt7-potpourri
Vish (vish) on 2011-02-10
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
assignee: nobody → Papercuts Ninja (papercuts-ninja)
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: nt7-potpourri → precise-9-miscellaneous
Changed in ubiquity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
assignee: Papercuts Ninjas (papercuts-ninja) → nobody
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