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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    Does this work on the Terminal also?
    For example:
    Code:
    dict ubuntu

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    @ jjf: Thanks for the HowTo. It works for Hardy 8.04 too.
    I've also tried to changed the sequence of the dictionaries in /etc/dictd/dictd.order. You're right. It doesn't change the query sequence in the dictionary program. Have you found the way to do that already?

    @ Maratonda: Yes, "dict <word>" in terminal works fine too.

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    It didn't work so well for me in Hardy, I'm afraid. I selected the new source from the list and it gave me the error "Unable to find dictionary source". How can I fix this?

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    Tigera, are you sure you have installed dictd, dict-gcide and dict-wn successfully?

    Check if dictd is running:

    ps -e | grep dictd
    It has to be running for it to work.

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    I just wanted to bump the thread up so others can add this to their laptops and other mobile devices! Thanks Jff for a wonderful tip!

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    A friend of mine lately recommended using Stardict
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardict
    http://stardict.sourceforge.net/
    I found it to be very useful and with more functionality than GNOME-dictionary. An acceptable replacement for WordWeb that I was very relaiant upon in Windows xp.
    I wonder why such small projects (gnome-dict and stardict) don't merge and form a stronger alliance? To be honest,both need quite some work in order to match the usability and presentation of WordWeb.

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    Quote Originally Posted by SteelCore View Post
    A friend of mine lately recommended using Stardict
    I wonder why such small projects (gnome-dict and stardict) don't merge and form a stronger alliance? To be honest,both need quite some work in order to match the usability and presentation of WordWeb.
    Don't take my word, since i'm not one of them, but i think the GNOME devs believe StarDict is messy and doesn't comply with the quality standards they choose to follow.
    I, personally, don't like the way StarDict looks and works. I would rather use something as clean and simple as gnome-dictionary together with dictd. Unfortunately, the dictionaries i need are currently only available for StarDict, so i'm stuck until either dictd learns to read StarDict dictionaries, gnome-dictionary learns to read StarDict dictionaries, it is replaced with a new app that can read StarDict dictionaries or a tool that can convert StarDict dictionaries to standard dict is developed. That, or StarDict gets its interface cleaned up. Don't know how likely is any of that, though.

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    Thanks a lot..

    working fine on intrepid.

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    Re: HOWTO: use gnome-dictionary offline (& faster)

    I tried all the steps, and i get "Error while looking up definition

    Connection failed to the dictionary server at localhost:2628"

    dict works from the command line for me, though.....


    how do I go about troubleshooting this?

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    well, got that working....

    I'm still trying to figure out how to make it display the results from all installed databases simultaneously....

    I set the gconf key "/apps/gnome-dictionary/database" to "!"

    BUT, when i search for a term, it only displays the result from the first database on the list, with the same term listed many times in the "similar words" list on the sidebar.

    before, when i looked up things from dict.org, all the definitions would be displayed at once.... How can I mimic this behaviour?

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