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dictd is a server implementing the DICT protocol, allowing clients to search dictionaries.


USE flags

USE flags for app-text/dictd Dictionary Client/Server for the DICT protocol

dbi Enable dev-db/libdbi (database-independent abstraction layer) support
judy Build Judy-based (dev-libs/judy) plugin implementing fast "exact" and especially "lev" strategies
minimal Don't build server but dict client, dictzip and dictfmt only.
test Enable dependencies and/or preparations necessary to run tests (usually controlled by FEATURES=test but can be toggled independently)


Install app-text/dictd:

root #emerge --ask app-text/dictd


At least one dictd dictionary package must be installed before starting the server. dictd dictionary packages can be found in the app-dicts category with the prefix dictd-. In particular, the WordNet dictionary is available as app-dicts/dictd-wn.

Other dictd dictionary packages are available on GURU. The app-dicts/dictd-meta package installs the following packages:

A thesaurus is also available on GURU: app-dicts/dictd-moby-thesaurus.




Add the service to the default runlevel:

root #rc-update add dictd default

Start the service:

root #rc-service dictd start

If additional dictionaries are added, be sure to restart the service:

root #rc-service dictd restart


The app-text/dictd package provides the dict client, but other clients include app-dicts/gnome-dictionary, xfce-extra/xfce4-dict, and dictionary.el in app-editors/emacs 28 and later.