Slackware64: Configuring IBus

A Happy New Year!
This is the first blog entry in 2013.

I have been using "scim" for Japanese input since I started using slackware. It's an ok input method framework, but I always felt a bit uncomfortable for some reasons. So, I looked for another option and found IBus. It looks like this framework will be replacing scim in the near future. So, I decided to give it a try.

The information below is from and some tweaking. It is solely used for my purpose and may not be suitable for others.

First, install ibus, pyxdg, ibus-anthy, and ibus-qt from SlackBuilds.
Then, create a directory and a file in it: # mkdir /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d # vim /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/ibus.conf --------------------------------------------- #!/bin/sh export XMODIFIERS="@im=ibus" export GTK_IM_MODULE="ibus" export QT_IM_MODULE="xim" # allow capslock remap xmodmap -e 'clear Lock' -e 'keycode 66 = F13' XIM=ibus XIM_PROGRAM=/bin/true XIM_ARGS= SHORT_DESC="ibus" LONG_DESC="ibus"

Then, create a symlink to ~/.xinputrc: $ ln -s /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/ibus.conf ~/.xinputrc

Add following statement in the autostart file (~/.config/openbox/autostart): ibus-daemon -rxd &

Log out and log back in. There should be a keyboard icon in the system tray. Now, move onto its configuration.

Run ibus-setup: $ ibus-setup

This command brings up the IBus Preferences window: General->Next input method: "Shift+Meta_L" Input Method->Select and input method->Japanese->Anthy Advanced->(check) Share the same input method among all applications

That's all!


  1. Elang Bieroe

    Hi, can your kde slackware display japanese font? In my kde i can’t show east asian language, even i’ve installed needed font.

    • ubyt3m3

      @Elang Bieroe

      Hi. I use openbox but tried with KDE and it did display Japanese in web browsers (without configuring IBus or SCIM). Mine is the full install of slackware64 14. Is yours also full install? With some more information, I might be more useful for you.

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