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im-switch - set up input method for X Window  


im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -s inputmethodname
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -c
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -a
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -l
im-switch -h



This manual page very briefly documents the im-switch command.

The im-switch command provides the framework to configure and to switch the input method on X Window System depending on the locale. This input method is the essential mechanism for Japanese, Chinese and Korean (CJK) languages to enter their non-ASCII native characters.

Some input methods such as SCIM support not only one of these CJK languages but support almost all languages simultaneously by dynamically switching keyboard modes with GUI.

The most desirable input method is provided as the configurable system wide default using Debian alternatives mechanism with /etc/alternatives/xinput-ll_CC link.

The X start up code sources /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch which read the configuration file and activates the input method. The user configuration files and links are located in ~/.xinput.d/ . The system configuration files and links are located in /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/ .

im-switch understands the following options:

Display verbose message during execution.
-z ll_CC
Set up the input method for X run under ll_CC locale (ISO 639 / ISO 3188). When setting for all locales, use all_ALL as the quasi-locale value here.
-s inputmethodname
Set up the input method to use inputmethodname.
Configure the input method with menu.
Reset the input method to the system default.
List the input method configuration.
Print a help message to the standard output and exit.


update-alternatives(8) /usr/share/doc/im-switch/README.Debian /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/default  


This manual page was written by Osamu Aoki <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).




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Time: 15:28:12 GMT, June 11, 2010

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