im-switch - set up input method for X Window
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -s inputmethodname
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -c
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -a
im-switch [-v][-z ll_CC] -l
This manual page very briefly documents the im-switch command.
The im-switch command provides the framework to configure and to switch
the input method on X Window System depending on the locale. This input
method is the essential mechanism for Japanese, Chinese and Korean
(CJK) languages to enter their non-ASCII native characters.
Some input methods such as IBus, SCIM, and uim support not only one of
these CJK languages but support almost all languages simultaneously by
dynamically switching keyboard modes with GUI.
The most desirable input method is provided as the configurable system
wide default using Debian alternatives mechanism with
The X start up code sources /etc/X11/Xsession.d/90im-switch which read
the configuration file and activates the input method. The user
configuration files and links are located in ~/.xinput.d/ . The system
configuration files and links are located in /etc/X11/xinit/xinput.d/ .
This structure ensures to have different imput methods to be installed
im-switch understands the following options:
-v Display verbose message during execution.
Set up the input method for X run under ll_CC locale (ISO 639 /
ISO 3188). When changing the fallback default for all locales,
use all_ALL as the quasi-locale value here. The setup by this
all_ALL does not overide specific setups.
Set up the input method to use inputmethodname.
-c Configure the input method with menu. (Under X, this uses GUI.)
-a Reset the input method to the system default.
-l List the input method configuration.
-h Print a help message to the standard output and exit.
When the im-switch command is invoked without any command arguments, it
functions as -c option case. This is meant to be used by the GUI menu.
This manual page was written by Osamu Aoki <email@example.com>, for the
Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).