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Important environment variables for using input method on Guix

From: Squirrel
Subject: Important environment variables for using input method on Guix
Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2022 18:00:41 +0800
User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:91.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/91.5.0

Hi everyone,

I see that many users find it hard to use input methods like ibus and fcitx in X11 on Guix System. Even though the input method is running, no character suggestion panel is shown while typing.

In fact, except for GTK_IM_MODULE, QT_IM_MODULE and XMODIFIERS, the environment variables GUIX_GTK2_IM_MODULE_FILE and GUIX_GTK3_IM_MODULE also have to be set. For example, the following is in my '~/.myenv', which I "source" in '~/.xsession' (I use slim as desktop manager).

    export GTK_IM_MODULE="ibus"
    export QT_IM_MODULE="ibus"
    export XMODIFIERS="@im=ibus"
    export GUIX_GTK2_IM_MODULE_FILE=/run/current-system/profile/lib/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/immodules-gtk2.cache     export GUIX_GTK3_IM_MODULE_FILE=/run/current-system/profile/lib/gtk-3.0/3.0.0/immodules-gtk3.cache

In wayland Gnome, it seems that ibus runs perfectly without special configurations.

Maybe someone can add the hints in Guix manual? I'm not familiar with development tools. :)

Many thanks to

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