A conversion engine doesn't work
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.
$ 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 (
"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 application
First, check if required bridges are installed.
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
In some distributions,
uim-qt3. In others, it means
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
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
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-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-qt4, report it to the freedesktop.org bugzilla, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org (English) or mailto:email@example.com (Japanese).
Second, check your environment variables:
$ echo $XMODIFIERS @im=uim $ echo $GTK_IM_MODULE uim $ echo $QT_IM_MODULE uim
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:
You may want to specify a default conversion engine:
"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+
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:firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your OS distribution and version
If you have tried everything in the book and nothing helps you can always:
- Remove all uim-related packages (uim, dictionaries, GTK+ and Qt).
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.