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the consoles to ensure US, for the other console types you will need to add it in later in /etc/scim/global
(skip to Step (5) if you are using non-US locale)
dpkg-reconfigure --priority=high console-data
dpkg-reconfigure --priority=high xserver-xorg
to see the locales on your account by typing in terminal
user@debian $ locale
3) INSTALL SCIM
- Install the Japanese input tool package scim-anthy with its recommended packages such as im-switch.
- Execute "im-switch -c" from user's shell and select "scim".
- Relogin to user's account.
- Verify setting by "im-switch -l".
- Setup input method and mode by right clicking GUI toolbar. (You can reduce menu choice of input method)
- Start SCIM input method by CTRL-SPACE
4) ENJOY !!!
5) USE THIS OPTION FOR NON-US LOCALE
In order to start SCIM under the non-CJK and non-en_US locale, you need to add list of those locales in UTF-8 to the ~/.scim/global or /etc/scim/global file as:
/SupportedUnicodeLocales = en_US.UTF-8,en_GB.UTF_8,fr_FR.UTF-8