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This article discusses installing Scim and related packages by using precompiled packages.

Whichever method you use for installing scim, you will need suitable Unicode-capable fonts. See font section for further details.

Depending on your language choice, you may also need to set up an alternative keyboard layout.
These were mostly compiled on Puppy 2.17 and have been tested in Puppy 3.01 and 4.00. The scim-bridge package contains the scripts needed to set up the configuration files so that the software will work automatically. Usually, it is sufficient to restart the X server; rebooting isn't needed.

Please use packages from one site. Often version compiled differently, and this is likely to mean that they won't work together without editing files by hand.

Step one, collect the required software package, the follwoing are required:

Step two, install the packages in the order given and restart the X server. Scim should be ready to use.

Note for Puppy 4.2
Puppy 4.2 require to be installed. If you are going to be compiling programs (i.e. you have devx_420.sfs installed), you will also need the _DEV, _DOC and _NLS versions of this package. All these packages are available from the above two links.

Notes about individual modules (IMEngines)
Download required packages at SCIM software packages (

All these packages can be installed at the same time if you wish.

What to do after installation
See Get Scim to Work, pressing Ctrl and Space brings up SCIM bar (when cursor is activate).

Please Note
At the moment, GTK only can be counted on to work. Many QT3 programs will work (with the patched version of QT3) and most QT4 programs.
Fortunately, most of the pre-installed Puppy applications will work with Scim-GTK.
If you need further help post a message here.

Also on the Wiki

SCIM software packages (
SCIM on Archlinux wiki - Intelligent Chinese Phonetic Input Method

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