I put up some posts earlier asking all kinds of questions about getting scim installed and working with Zenwalk. Since I hardly got any response - by the way, thank you to those who did - I'll assume lots of people didn't know the answers to my questions - through lack of communication on my part or whatever other reason. Now, after months of trial and error and goggling my sack off, it works so I thought I'd let you all know what I did.
I am very much a "newbie" to linux and computer stuff in general. Some of what I did may in fact be "wrong" or unnecessary. The fact is my machine works and that's enough for me.
0) install a Japanese font or two (or however many you want)
2) I then extracted everything
3) I then went through the "./configure, make, make install" process with each one in this order:
1 - anthy
2 - m17n docs (./configure didn't work, but make and make install did)
3 - m17n lib
4 - m17n database
5 - scim 1.4.5
6 - scim-tables (I got some error messages during this, but everything works regardless so
7 - scim-anthy
8 - scim-m17n
4) I changed my locale to the US English UTF8 setting under the settings>locale menu you get when you right click.
5) My wife is Japanese so I've set up two "users" on my machine - one to start in Japanese and one to start in English. I did step three and step four first as the English using user, then as the Japanese using user.
6) in /home/(English using user), then /home/(Japanese using user) I added these lines to my .xintc file:
7) then in the terminal, I typed as root:
gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > /ect/gtk-2.0/gtk.immodules
at this point, after logging out, then back in, I could type in Japanese using Abiword by right clicking in the typing field and selecting input method>SCIM and changing to a Japanese font.
I still couldn't get it to work with Firefox, though, which brings me to...
7) I logged in as root and created this file:
8) I openned that file with Bluefish and typed in:
9) Then I had scim start up using the automatic application starter thing you can find under the "settings" menu.
Command: scim -d
10) then I logged out and back in and when I started up Firefox I got the little scim box and I was golden.
That's it. I hope this is helpful. I just finished everything this morning before I came to work. I don't have my computer with me, but I wanted to get this all down before I forgot. I'll check when I get home to make sure everything is as I have written.
By the way, these sites were useful for me: