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Old 09-12-2003, 02:31 AM   #1
Jiawen
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Chinese input under RXvt -- Mandrake 9.1


I have been trying to access a BBS in traditional Chinese for a while. I'm using RXvt to telnet in. I have been able to get into the BBS and the characters display fine. However, when I try to actually input Chinese, nothing happens. I can do Chinese input in other programs: 中文也可以在Mozilla Firebird裡面輸入 (I can even do Chinese input in Mozilla Firebird), but I can't in RXvt. When I hit ctrl+space, the cursor turns to a hollow square, but I don't get the little blue Chinese input indicator.

I'm using Mandrake 9.1; the problem is persistent in KDE and Gnome. Does anyone have any idea what's going on?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give...
 
Old 09-12-2003, 06:42 AM   #2
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Its possible the program your trying to enter the characters into doesnt have a chinese font to show you? So it just shows you those little "i dunno" boxes.
 
Old 09-12-2003, 11:00 AM   #3
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I don't think it's a font problem. The BBS itself displays fine, and RXvt is displaying the characters with no problems. I don't think it's a display problem, but a problem on the input side. I'm unable to get the Chinese input system to kick in under RXvt. Can anyone help?

Again, thanks in advance for any help offered...
 
Old 09-15-2003, 02:38 PM   #4
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Next step -- Tcsh and $HOME/.inputrc?

Okay, to partially answer my own question -- I found a howto that seems to answer my question: <http://www.europe.redhat.com/documen...e-HOWTO-4.php3>. Towards the bottom of the page, the writer seems to be addressing just the problem I've been whining about .

This leads to a second set of very newbie-ish questions. The author of the howto mentions the Bash shell, Tcsh shell and "$HOME/.inputrc file for setup lists as follows:". I think I understand Bash -- that's the normal shell when I use a terminal program, right? But what is Tsch, and what does "$HOME/.inputrc file for setup lists as follows:" mean?

Finally, has anyone actually used the method described on that page to do Chinese input under RXvt in Mandrake? I assume everything should work the same as in Red Hat, but I don't want to go screwing up my system any more than absolutely necessary.

Please help. I'm supposed to be responding to several different messages on a BBS, but I can't until I get Chinese input going.

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
 
Old 09-17-2003, 04:06 PM   #5
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I found the answer!

To answer my own question, I finally started searching Usenet via Google, and found the following:

<http://groups.google.com/groups?q=Ch...yya.org&rnum=6>

To translate it into English, the poster said:

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MDK 9.1's RXvt has a bug. Change the following to get Chinese input:

Look at /usr/bin/X11/crxvt, line 209. Change the contents to read something like @im=$XIM-zh_TW.

In addition, if you'd like to use telnet to connect to a BBS, please add a -L, e.g.: telnet -L bbs.sayya.org.
You can imagine how happy I was when I saw this. I changed line 209 then rebooted, and adding a -L to the command, everything worked fine! Yay! I'm now able to do Chinese input with no problem on RXvt.

Thanks again to all who helped. I'm a happy camper.

p.s. Yes, this is a duplicate of a post I put up elsewhere, but if someone else has the same problem in the future, I wanted to make it easier for them to find the solution.
 
  


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