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uuhh, i'm not used to red hat, but there should be some configuration panel somewhere where you can change the mapping of the keyboard.
If you're under x (~graphical desktop environment) you should find something like "System Settings" or somesuch under the Main Menu.
When you installed Red Hat 9 did you select Simplified and/or Traditional Chinese as additional languages? If you did then the install process would have installed all the necessary files and applications for you to be able to read write etc. in Chinese.
Assuming that you did select Chinese, and also assuming that you want to use a GUI desktop interface such as KDE or GNOME, then when you are at the login screen and you type in your username and password, you should be able to easily select Chinese as your language of choice for your current session by clicking on the Language button. Very nice & easy, and when you are logged in you can run at a terminal window command line :
$ chinput & oowriter
this will start the chinput XIM server and then by pressing CTRL + SPACE you can toggle between Chinese and English input. (Toggle CTRL + SHIFT to choose different input methods such as Pinyin, Cangjie, Cantonese etc).
If you didn't selected Chinese as an additional language when you installed Red Hat, then you can a) install again (probably the easiest way for a relative beginner to Linux) or b) do it the "fun" way by installing all the Chinese font files, the zh_CN and zh_TW locale files, IME applications such as xcin and chinput and kde-i18n packages. All the required files are on the distribution CDs.
Hope this helps, if not, ask again and we'll help you get it up and running. BTW, if you type "chinese input" in the search field in LQ Forums you will see many posts, questions & answers on this topic, and if you can spare the time to read through them it will help you a lot.
ps to charalambos, JTLYK languages like Chinese, Japanese & Korean use multibyte character sets, and thus do not use the normal keyboard mappings, but require IME servers to map series of keyboard strokes to characters...cheers!
You will need to make sure that you have the Chinese locale files installed, as well as some Chinese font files and if you are using KDE the kde-i18n files for Chinese.
My advice though, it is easier to just back up any files you may want to save and just reinstall RH9 and select Traditional and Simplified Chinese when asked to (not as your install language (about the first screen you come to) but the screen where it asks you for additional languages. Then when you log into your GUI system it gives you the option of choosing a language for that session, you can select Chinese from the list.
Otherwise you will have to find the relevant rpm packages for the locales, fonts etc. on your distro CDs, they are all there, once all these are installed you should be able to get it all going.
ok, I'm assuming you are logged in a Desktop environment such as Gnome or KDE and want to use a console window like "Konsole" or "xterm", here's what you can do :-
in the console window, at the command line (of course!), type the following commands :-
$ export LANG=zh_CN.UTF-8
$ export LC_ALL=zh_CN .UTF-8
$ export LC_CTYPE=zh_CN.UTF-8
$ export XMODIFIERS=@im=xcin // or chinput, fcitx etc.
you can change the above to zh_TW.UTF-8 if you need Traditional Chinese.
what the above does is change the locale FOR THAT CONSOLE SESSION to Chinese, which allows the console window program to process and display Chinese characters, which are very different to Latin characters of course.
The XMODIFIERS line tells bash to use xcin as the input method software...so if you just want to read Chinese you don't really need to put this...
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