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       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

       im-switch -h



       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
       /etc/alternatives/xinput-ll_CC link.

       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.

       -z ll_CC
              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.

       -s inputmethodname
              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.


       update-alternatives(8)           /usr/share/doc/im-switch/README.Debian


       This manual page was written by Osamu Aoki <>, for  the
       Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).