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LOCALES Configure SCIM to enable Chinese input

SCIM was the most wide-spread Input Method when Crunchbang was based on Ubuntu. Since Statler, iBus is recommended. The installation of iBus is covered in this article

This howto details the steps required to enable Chinese input (Japanese, Arabic, and other languages) on a English (or other language) interface in #!CrunchBang Linux.

For details on installing applications and the terminal, see here.

Please also check:

LOCALES Configure IBus-anthy or Scim-anthy to enable Japanese input

Install Chinese fonts

In the terminal enter:

sudo apt-get install ttf-arphic-gbsn00lp ttf-arphic-gkai00mp ttf-arphic-bsmi00lp ttf-arphic-bkai00mp xfonts-wqy

To install the relevant fonts.

Install input method packages

In the terminal enter:

sudo apt-get install scim scim-pinyin scim-qtimm

To install Scim and scim-pinyin.

Create a custom SCIM startup

In the terminal enter:

sudo touch /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup

To create a file, then to modify the permissions for it:

sudo chmod 646 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup


sudo echo 'export XMODIFIERS="@im=SCIM"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
sudo echo 'export GTK_IM_MODULE="xim"' >> /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup
sudo chmod 644 /etc/X11/Xsession.d/74custom-scim_startup

Edit /etc/profile

In the terminal enter:

sudo nano /etc/scim/global

and check the line:



SupportedUnicodeLocales = en_US.UTF-8 

then in the terminal enter:

sudo echo 'export LANG="en_US.UTF-8"' >> /etc/profile

To start SCIM at login

In the terminal enter:

echo 'scim -d' >> ~/.config/openbox/

or see this page on autostarting applications.

To enable switch between English and Chinese input mode

In the terminal enter:

locale | grep LANG=

The answer would be something like


Type in the terminal:

im-switch -z YOUR_LOCALE -s scim # replace "YOUR_LOCALE" by something like "en_US.UTF-8"

To enable modifications

Log off or reboot the computer for the modifications to take hold. Log back into the newly-configured user account. Note the keyboard icon that appears in the system tray.

Right-click on it to access the SCIM Setup menu and configured as preferred.

Open up Firefox. Hit Control+Space to toggle scim on/off.


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howto_configure_scim.txt · Last modified: 2012/05/25 18:21 by machinebacon
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