Please help!! SCIM not working correctly under ubuntu 8.04/LTS

Stefan Nuxoll stefan at
Mon Sep 21 22:36:51 UTC 2009

First, take a deep breath, the solution for this is really really
easy.  Install the scim-anthy package, this will give you the Japanese
IME that you need.  After that you just need to open up the scim
configuration and set your keybindings to switch to it, no need to
mess around with the language packs at all.

*And once again I forget to hit reply to all

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 4:29 PM, john <lists.john at> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I am having trouble with SCIM. I have enabled Japanese Language support
> per
> But Japanese character input isn't working and the Japanese instructor
> at our school is getting grumpy!
> I am using GNOME so my understanding it that SCIM should work
> correctly on 8.04 out of the box.
> The SCIM icon doesn't show up on the taskbar and I am not able to use
> SCIM-anthy to input japanese characters in Firefox or OpenOffice. I am
> able to input Japanese characters in "Text Editor" but only if I right
> click after opening a document and select Input Methods > "Scim Bridge
> Input Method".
> HOWEVER, if I log out and choose Languages > Japanese I can log in
> with the full Japanese Desktop and SCIM correctly allows me to input
> Japanese characters into Firefox, Open Office etc. I can also switch
> between English, Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji.
> The problem with this approach is that the 100 or so students who are
> taking Japanese won't be familiar with the full Japanese Desktop
> (include Kanji, katakana they don't know etc) and Linux wants to
> rename drives under ~ with Japanese characters, which is not good for
> our purposes.
> Can somebody help me sort out getting SCIM to behave correctly under
> the English language desktop please.
> I would really appreciate your insights!
> John
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