Updated: May 20, 2013
xfce4-dict --- a client program to query different dictionaries
xfce4-dict [option] [text ...]
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 screen.
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.