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Old 12-02-2006, 08:09 PM   #1
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Question Why I can't input chinese with scim

I have installed SCIM in Fedora CORE 5 and it looks good. I can switch input by CTRL-BARSPACE. But I cannot input chinese in all applications. I can see the charaters in SCIM bar, but when I finish inputing, or some english charaters like TZF;EaG leaving there. What's wrong?
Old 12-04-2006, 02:08 AM   #2
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Do you have the appropriate Chinese fonts installed?

Can you input Chinese in a simple application like gedit or kwrite?
Old 12-04-2006, 06:30 AM   #3
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No. I can't type chinese in every app. I think something wrong with a global setting
Old 12-04-2006, 07:13 AM   #4
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Make sure the following packages are installed, you don't have your distribution indicated which makes helping a little more difficult, this infromation I have quoted below comes from

sudo apt-get install scim
sudo apt-get install scim-chinese
sudo apt-get install scim-config-socket
sudo apt-get install scim-gtk2-immodule
sudo apt-get install scim-tables-zh
wget -c
sudo tar zxvf fireflysung-1.3.0.tar.gz -C /usr/share/fonts/truetype/
sudo chown -R root:root /usr/share/fonts/truetype/fireflysung-1.3.0/
sudo fc-cache -f -v
This works on all Debian based systems though.
Old 01-29-2009, 05:15 PM   #5
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Chinese Input - Guaranteed to work with Lenny (Debian 5.0)

Dear all,

After struggling to find the answer everywhere, I found it at this URL :

1) RECONFIGURE 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

2) CHECK to see the locales on your account by typing in terminal
user@debian $ locale


- 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 !!!


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



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