xfce4-dict — a client program to query different dictionaries
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xfce4-dict allows you to search different kinds of dictionary services for words
or phrases and shows you the result. Currently you can query a
"Dict" server(RFC 2229), any online dictionary service by opening a
web browser or search for words using a spell check program like aspell,
ispell or enchant.
If called without any arguments, the xfce4-dict main window is shown. Any passed
text argument(s) are used as search text.
- -d, --dict
- Search the given text using a Dict server(RFC 2229).
- -w, --web
- Search the given text using a web-based search engine.
- -t, --text-field
- Grab the focus on the text field in the panel (has no effect if panel
plugin is not loaded).
- -s, --spell
- Check the given text with a spellchecker.
- -i, --ignore-plugin
- Start stand-alone application even if the panel plugin is loaded.
- -c, --clipboard
- Grabs the PRIMARY selection content (X selection clipboard), uses it as
search text and performs a search. This is useful when you want to create
keyboard shortcuts for this command. The search method can be specified
with the -d, -w and -s options, if not specified the default search method
is used. If the PRIMARY clipboard doesn't contain any text, the normal
clipboard is used.
- -v, --verbose
- Be verbose (print useful status messages).
- -V, --version
- Show version information.
- -?, --help
- Show help information and exit.
xfce4-dict supports all generic GTK options, a list is available on the help
There is a limitation of max. 12 characters in passing a search term to
xfce4-dict when the panel plugin is loaded. That is, if you pass a search term
as command line argument(s) to xfce4-dict which is longer than 12 characters,
it is truncated. To be exact, the limit is 12 bytes so if the search term
contains any non-ASCII characters it might be even less than 12 characters. To
work around this limitation, you can add the command line '-i' so that
xfce4-dict will start a single stand-alone application. Then all passed text
is used as search term.
This manual page was written by Enrico Troeger. Permission is granted to copy,
distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General
Public License, Version 2, or (at your option) any later version.