This is the main article on the internationalization of an Arch Linux installation. It is meant to offer guidance, as well as crosslink other relevant articles, to customize settings of an Arch Linux installation to work with any supported language.
The article makes use of subpages for instructions specific for languages:
Internationalization/Indic Internationalization/Japanese Internationalization/Korean Internationalization/Korean (한국어)
For the list of available font packages in Arch Linux see the Fonts article.
Input methods in Xorg
Disabling GTK IM modules (without uninstalling)
First some background information on how GTK loads and selects IM modules:
- Specifying an IM module
- GTK_IM_MODULE environment variable
- GTK_IM_MODULE="scim" gedit
- XSETTINGS value of Gtk/IMModule
- File listing possible IM modules
- GTK_IM_MODULE_FILE environment variable
- RC files
If no IM module is specified (either via GTK_IM_MODULE or in XSETTINGS), then GTK will automatically choose a suitable immodule from an internal listing (GTK_IM_MODULE_FILE... etc). This chosen IM module will depend on the software installed, and will be picked in a completely arbirtrary order.
For a listing of installed GTK+ immodules, see
XSETTINGS provides a common API to configure common desktop settings. Similar database configuration systems such as gnome-config, GConf, liproplist and the kde configuration system already exist, however XSETTINGS unifies these systems. XSETTINGS daemons, such as gnome-settings-daemon from gnome, xfce-mcs-manager from xfce4, and other from openbox, etc, push desktop-environment-specific data to the XSETTINGS database. Technically, XSETTINGS is a simple storage medium intended to store only strings, integers and colors. When an XSETTINGS manager quits, the clients restore all settings to their default values.
The if GTK+ has debugging enabled, the loaded modules can be seen by
application --gtk-debug modules
Otherwise, the modules can be seen by scanning the linked libraries in gdb after attaching to the process.
To prevent GTK+ from loading any IM modules
- set GTK_IM_MODULE to the empty string
- set GTK_IM_MODULE to "gtk-im-context-simple"
QT immodule (> QT 4.0.0)
Disabling QT IM modules (without uninstalling)
QT will load the IM module specified in QT_IM_MODULE, and if unset attempt to fall back on XIM.
- QT_IM_MODULE environment variable
To disable input method module loading in QT, export QT_IM_MODULE="simple".