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Many dictionary databases have been packaged for use with dictd. They are described in the /usr/share/doc/dictd/README.Debian.gz file.
Either dict-gcide or dict-wn is essential for a useful English language dictionary server. It is strongly recommended that both be installed. If you are interested in computer terminology, it is recommended to install at least dict-jargon, dict-foldoc, or dict-vera.
The client program, dict, is packaged separately and is needed on all machines that will use the server.
dictd server for Debian ======================= --- CHARACTER ENCODINGS --------------------------------------------- RFC2229 specifies the Dict Protocol used by dictd. To be compliant with the RFC, all dictionary databases must be encoded in utf-8. Since 7-bit ASCII is a subset of utf-8, plain ASCII dictionaries are compliant. However, when "utf-8" is used in the following discussion, more»
This version of dictd supports the environment variable `DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS', as recommended by Debian Policy version 220.127.116.11, section 11.1. (This is a modification of the usage recommended by earlier versions of policy, and used in earlier versions of dictd.) By default all binaries are compiled with debugging symbols included, and with -O2 optimisation, but the copies of them in the d more»
The "suffix" search strategy matches the last portion of the headword. Since it must search the whole index file, it is not as fast as the default "exact" strategy. If an optional index_suffix file is provided, a suffix search is much faster. The dictfmt_index2suffix.1 script (provided in the dictfmt package) will produce this index_suffix file (see the manual page dictfmt_index2suffi more»
The "word" search strategy matches any single word, even if part of a longer headword or a mult more»
dictd plugin support is more extensive than in 1.9.10, including support for Judy-based impleme more»
The script dictunformat (provided with in the dictfmt package) takes a dictionary index file as more»
By default, dictd searches all dictionaries listed in the configuration file, and returns all d more»
Because the dictd daemon has a significant startup time, the author felt it should not be start more»