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This is “Ding” * A dictionary lookup program for Unix * DIctionary Nice Grep * A Tk based Front-End to [ae]grep, ispell, dict, … * Ding {n} :: thing

Ding contains a program “ding” and a German-English dictionary (more than 368,000 entries).

Copyright (c) Frank Richter frank.richter@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de 1999 - 2020 Distributed under the GNU public license (GPL), see file “COPYING” for details


To install it on Linux (RPM based, such as Fedora, Red Hat, SuSe …):

    % rpm -Uhv ding-1.9-1.noarch.rpm`

To install it on other Unix systems:

    % gzip -dc ding-1.9.tar.gz | tar -xvf -
    % cd ding-1.9

Then simply run (as root, if you want to install in system directories):

    % ./install.sh;

To install it manually:

Edit ding and change some options explained there, esp. the location of the dictionary file.

    % cp ding /your/bin/dir
    % cp de-en.txt /your/lib/dir

You may install the icons and / or KDE/Gnome destop file to make “ding” available to your desktop.

I hope you will enjoy “ding”!


The German-English dictionary file “de-en.txt” has been maintained over the last twenty years. All your comments are welcome. In fact, your questions, comments, corrections, and new words are the source where this dictionary evolves from. Keep them going…

Beware: I tried my best, but accuracy is not guaranteed!

For news (“der letzte Stand der Dinge”) see https://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/
and https://www-user.tu-chemnitz.de/~fri/ding/

Thanks to all of you who helped to improve this dictionary, thanks to the Tcl/Tk and all Open Source Software developers!

Frank Richter frank.richter@hrz.tu-chemnitz.de