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I have a need for diction to be installed on my server, which is running CentOS 4. I can find it no problems for Fedora and Ubuntu (apt-get 'just worked'), but am having no luck under CentOS.

Which Fedora package would I need, or is there a solid source link I can use? Seems like searching only brings back "dictionary" rather than "diction".

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You can run rpm -qip name-of-dicionRPM-for-fedora.rpm to see if the RPM information specifies the URL that the source code is from – JeffG Mar 3 '11 at 14:48
@JeffG - thanks .. was unaware of the ip args! – warren Mar 3 '11 at 14:56
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Thanks to prompting from @JeffG, I was able to find the source tgz on

It would still be nice to be doing this from a package standpoint, but since it has not been updated since 2007, installing from source seems safe enough.

Steps followed:

  • rpm -qip diction-1.11-4.fc12.i686.rpm

output from above command:

warning: diction-1.11-4.fc12.i686.rpm: V3 RSA/MD5 signature: NOKEY, key ID 97a1071f
Name        : diction                       Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 1.11                          Vendor: Fedora Project
Release     : 4.fc12                        Build Date: Sat Jul 25 07:30:33 2009
Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host:
Group       : Applications/Text             Source RPM: diction-1.11-4.fc12.src.rpm
Size        : 187412                        License: GPLv3+
Signature   : RSA/8, Thu Jul 29 01:58:51 2010, Key ID 421caddb97a1071f
Packager    : Fedora Project
URL         :
Summary     : Identifies diction and style errors
Description :
Diction and style are two old standard UNIX commands. Diction identifies wordy
and commonly misused phrases. Style analyses surface characteristics of a
document, including sentence length and other readability measures.

These programs cannot help you structure a document well, but they can help to
avoid poor wording and compare the readability (not the understandability!) of
your documents with others. Both commands support English and German documents.
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