I have been using Linux as my main system for years. One thing I have always felt the lack of was the Word’s grammar checking facilities. Especially when writing in LaTeX, I have often felt the lack of an automated system to catch the most common errors. Thanks to John Horton from MIT, now we have something that is close. Writing Smell Detector goes over your tex files and spots problems with LaTeX formatting as well as some stylistic tips.

The script can be obtained from Dr. Horton’s github page. It requires Python to be installed (which is default in Ubuntu).

The script is easy to use, but understanding some of the rules can be a bit hard. I will have to go through the documentation of the libraries for those and possibly create a branch of the project in my Github page. That will all be after I am done with my job hunt most probably.

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