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I installed scim IME in my ubuntu 10.04 linux. I also installed hindi and gujrati support/fonts from System->Administration->Language support.

I logged in and logged out.

However, I have no clue how to use scim. I type scim, and some icon shows in the tray. I don't understand much of options in the menu. And I tried a document in openoffice or a file in gvim, but cant find any way to type in hindi. In openoffice, I tried some hindi fonts but they all type in english.

please tell me how to use scim!


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Most IMEs require you to press a specific keystroke to activate them; check the SCIM configuration to confirm what it is. Also, you may need to use another tool in order to enable the IM for the entire session, but I don't know what it's called in Ubuntu.

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thanks.. I was missing the keystroke (Ctl + space) in case of scim.. I thought starting scim is all that is needed. – anon Mar 29 '11 at 4:50

After installing the following package:

sudo aptitude install libkmfl0 libkmflcomp0 kmflcomp scim-kmfl-imengine 



Expand the "IMEngine" and click KMFL

Click on "Install" and browse to the folder where the compiles keyboard layout files reside

Open text editor press Ctlr + space to select your installed language

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thanks... could not find KMFL... but, the activating keystroke/shortcut + rebooting after installation worked... – anon Mar 29 '11 at 4:49
yes.. actually what I was missing was that I need to press some keystroke to activate it.. solved it before reading your answer, hence accepted his... thanks for yours too though as it would solved it as well – anon Mar 30 '11 at 6:29

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