The earlier bug with ispell did not show up on a different install of the application (on a new system). It must have been some sort of bug when run on my first machine. The version is still a bit old though....
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Which version of the package did you try? There's a new
package in CVS that should eliminate all packageing and
path problems, it's ispell-3.2.04-1.
No response after two weeks - considering it fixed in the
new version and closing the report.