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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

       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 input methods to be installed side-by-side.

       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 override 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).