[dev] [dwm] Setting up XIM/SCIM

From: Benito Cachinero <benito.cachinero_AT_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2010 18:49:19 -0500

I've gleefuly merged from Gnome + Metacity to a plain X session with dwm on
top. No complaints, and it has done everything I need it to, but I'm
stumbling on getting a XIM/SCIM toolbar to work for an IME. I need to use
CJK characters on a daily basis, so I find myself popping back into Gnome
with dwm on top in order to do this. It does work in Gnome, but I have no
idea what differs in that setup to enable it to launch.

Here is the relevant part of my .xinitrc where I am starting to launch SCIM:


Based on the log, the SCIM daemon is indeed successfully loading in the

But the keys assigned to pulling it up don't do anything. I first thought
that maybe dwm was stealing input with its own modkeys, so I mapped the SCIM
launching (in scim setup) to different keys, but this didn't work.

I'm wondering if this has something to do with the fact that the panel is
designed for use in GTK and has been configured as part of Gnome and its

Does anyone have experience running an IME like scim-anthy (which is more
than a key overlay - it needs a dictionary of words for word completion from
Japanese syllabary to kanji) in dwm?

I didn't find any relevant help online, perhaps because XIM/SCIM is a
perennial problem regardless of environment.

Thanks in advance.
Benito Cachinero
Received on Mon Mar 08 2010 - 23:49:19 UTC

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