A conversion engine doesn't workEdit

First, check if you installed conversion engines you want to use. With uim-sh, you can see the list of conversion engines you installed:

$ uim-sh
uim> installed-im-list


$ uim-sh
uim> installed-im-module-list

You can make use of the -e option in uim-sh if you are using uim 1.5 or later.[1]

$ uim-sh -e installed-im-list
$ uim-sh -e installed-im-module-list

If you can't find engines you want to use, install them.

Second, check if the engines are enabled. You can do it with uim-sh:

$ uim-sh
uim> enabled-im-list

or (uim 1.5 or later)

$ uim-sh -e enabled-im-list

You can also use a GUI tool (uim-pref-gtk, uim-pref-qt or uim-pref-qt4):

$ uim-pref-gtk

"Global settings" -> "Input method deployment" -> "Enabled input methods" -> "Edit..."

Third, if you want to use Canna, Sj3 or Wnn, check if cannaserver, sj3server or jserver is running respectively.

$ ps aux | grep cannaserver # Canna
$ ps aux | grep sj3server   # Sj3
$ ps aux | grep jserver     # Wnn

Uim doesn't work with an applicationEdit

First, check if required bridges are installed.[2]

  • uim-xim: X applications
  • uim-gtk: GTK+ applications, including GNOME applications
  • uim-qt3: Qt 3 (or earlier) applications, including KDE 3 applications
  • uim-qt4: Qt 4 applications, including KDE 4 applications
  • uim-fep: consoles
  • uim.el: Emacs

In some distributions, uim-qt means uim-qt3. In others, it means uim-qt4.

X applications include GTK+ and Qt applications and you can use uim-xim to input in GTK+ and Qt applications, but using uim-xim isn't recommended because uim-xim has many limitations compared with uim-gtk, uim-qt3 and uim-qt4.

Some X applications don't use GTK+ or Qt. You need to install uim-xim to input in such applications.

You can check if uim-xim is running as follows:

$ ps aux | grep uim-xim

If uim-xim isn't running, run it:

$ uim-xim &

If the GTK+ immodule (uim-gtk) causes GTK+ application crashes or it doesn't work, try to force uim to use XIM in GTK+ applications:

$ GTK_IM_MODULE=xim firefox # force uim to use XIM in Firefox

If the Qt immodule (uim-qt3 and uim-qt4) causes Qt application crashes or it doesn't work, try to force uim to use XIM in Qt applications:

$ QT_IM_MODULE=xim opera # force uim to use XIM in Opera

Forcing uim to use XIM in GTK+ or Qt applications is not a true fix but just a workaround. If you notice a bug in uim-gtk, uim-qt3 or uim-qt4, report it to the freedesktop.org bugzilla, mailto:uim-en@googlegroups.com (English) or mailto:uim-ja@googlegroups.com (Japanese).

Second, check your environment variables:[3]

$ echo $QT_IM_MODULE

If these environment variables aren't correctly set, see Uim/Setup.

Third, check what conversion engine you are using. You can use an IM switcher or a toolbar to do it:

$ uim-toolbar-gtk

You may want to specify a default conversion engine:[3]

$ uim-pref-gtk

"Global settings" -> "Input method deployment" -> "Specify default IM" (Check) -> "Default input method"

For GTK+ applications, see also Uim doesn't work with GTK+.

Uim doesn't work with GTK+Edit

If you can use uim everywhere except in GTK+ applications, the problem lies most likely with the GTK immodule. You will need to:

1. Run the following commands:
 $ gtk-query-immodules-2.0 > /tmp/gtk.immodules.current
 $ diff -u /tmp/gtk.immodules.current $(locate gtk.immodules | grep gtk-2.0) > /tmp/gtk.immodules.diff
2. Send the following files and information to mailto:uim-en@googlegroups.com
  • /tmp/gtk.immodules.current
  • /tmp/gtk.immodules.diff
  • Your OS distribution and version

Last resortEdit

If you have tried everything in the book and nothing helps you can always:

  1. Remove all uim-related packages (uim, dictionaries, GTK+ and Qt).
  2. Reboot
  3. Reinstall

This is, naturally, a lousy solution to any problem and it is impossible to predict its effectiveness, but we shouldn't complain if it gets the job done.

See alsoEdit


Last modified on 15 March 2010, at 14:11