Spell checker not working in Kmail

Daniel D Jones ddjones at riddlemaster.org
Sat Dec 26 20:58:56 GMT 2009

Running Kmail 1.12.3 under KDE 4.3.3 on Gentoo.  Options/Automatic 
Spellchecking is checked and the status line at the bottom of Composer shows 
"Spellcheck: on" but no spellchecking occurs.  Manually selecting 
Tools/Spelling does not give any errors and shows the message "Spell check 
complete."  But no mispelled words are marked, including nonsense strings like 

KDE's global language is set to US English.  Default language under Composer's 
Settings/Spellchecker is likewise set to English.

I've spent awhile searching the web and can't find anything on configuring or 
troubleshooting spellchecker other than the couple of settings mentioned 
above.  I have both aspell and ispell installed on the system, although I 
don't believe KMail uses either anymore.  The spellchecker is now supposed to 
be called Sonnet but there doesn't appear to be a package for installing it, 
so I assume that it's a part of the Kmail/Koffice install.

This is a recent install following a system crash and reinstall, and is the 
same version of Kmail, KDE and the same distro that I was running previously, 
and spellcheck worked normally there.  My home directory is mounted from a 
different hard disk from the system, and all of my other KDE and Kmail 
configurations were preserved, so it seems unlikely to be something in my 
config.  Any clues or ideas on how to get this working would be greatly 

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