2017년 2월 25일 토요일

Using ibus in non-GTK/QT apps like Emacs, Java, and Enlightenment/EFL

ibus is a popular Input Method Editor (IME) for Linux which I use for entering Korean and Chinese characters (via ibus-hangul). ibus has good compatibility with apps using the GTK or QT UI frameworks, but ibus sometimes behaves strangely in GUI apps that don't use these frameworks. For example, in Emacs, OmegaT (which uses OpenJDK 7 or 8) and Terminology (a nice terminal that uses the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries), every time I press SPACEBAR after a word, the SPACE character is inserted to the left of the last character. In other words:

"가나다 "

appears as

"가나 다"

To avoid this issue in non-GTK/QT apps on Linux, I launch the ibus daemon as follows:

env IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE=0 ibus-daemon -rdx

You can read an explanation of the ibus-daemon option flags in a previous post from my blog.

Brandon Schaefer @ Canonical, explains why this error occurs:

The problem seems to be that when IBUS_ENABLE_SYNC_MODE is enabled it pushes all the events through the im engine (such as ibus-hangul) and since it normally only handles Korean text it doesn't know what to do when, say a space is sent through, so it says it didn't handle that space event which then IBus handles it and commits that space BEFORE the preedit.

In addition, my .bashrc contains the following ibus settings:

##### ibus IME settings #####
export GTK_IM_MODULE=ibus
export XMODIFIERS=@im=ibus
export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus
export CLUTTER_IM_MODULE=ibus
export ECORE_IMF_MODULE=xim

ECORE_IMF_MODULE setting is for Enlightenment apps like Terminology terminal.

Once the ibus environment variables are properly set and ibus-daemon is launched with the appropriate options, you will be able to enter Korean and other Asian text into non-QT/GTK apps with ibus.

References:
https://github.com/ibus/ibus/issues/1847

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/880876