I’m dealing with a lot of documents with the language set to English (South African) this year, and in OpenOffice on Jaunty there’s always a ton of perfectly cromulent words which being flagged as mispelled. On the command line I see an error like this:
Failure loading aff file /usr/share/myspell/dicts/en_ZA.aff
I do have all the relevant packages installed, so it seems like Jaunty has installed a affixes file for myspell that can’t actually be used by OpenOffice at least.
The fix is to download the myspell en_ZA files from here http://downloads.translate.org.za/spellchecker/
Backup the original filescd /usr/share/myspell/dicts/
sudo mv en_ZA.aff en_ZA.aff.bak
Unzip the file from translate.org.za, and copy it to /usr/share/myspell/dicts/en_ZA.aff, and do the same for en_ZA.dic
That should give you a working spellchecker in OpenOffice.org