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In Gnome, entering Shift-Ctrl-U plus hex codes allows you to enter arbitrary unicode characters (see also this. This is supposed to work for any Gtk2 app, but is not working for me in gnome-terminal (or any other application) in Xfce (running on Ubuntu Natty). (It's apparently not currently possible in KDE).

Is there an equivalent way of entering characters in Xfce? Or is there some way of enabling this? Note that I'm not interested in special shortcuts for particular characters; there are some unicode codepoints that I know and would like to use directly...

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Works fine here, even in Terminal. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Jan 25 '12 at 6:42
Ah, thanks ... will investigate further what's going wrong... – David Fraser Jan 25 '12 at 11:37

The problem was that the default input method was configured as xim; switching this using gnome-control-center to launch gnome-language-selector and select ibus resolved the issue.

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