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I used to install ibus pinyin in 12.04 following steps as belows:

  1. Settings-->Language Support-->Install/Remove Languages, check Chinese item
  2. $ sudo apt-get install ibus ibus-clutter ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 ibus-qt4
  3. $ im-switch -s ibus
  4. Restart
  5. $ sudo apt-get install ibus-pinyin
  6. $ ibus-setup

It worked. But not in 14.04, and I am facing several issues:

  1. Command "im-switch -s ibus" didn't work, system claimed that I need to install im-switch, but that will make "Language Support" disappear. How to make ibus work?

  2. Text Entry icon existed on task bar, i thought that's because Text Entry affects ibus; So I deleted Text Entry through Ubuntu Software Center, that made most of default system application icons gone in system settings. Am I able to get them back?

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Thanks for the steps. After ibus-setup I can finally type Chinese now. – Sophia Feng Jul 16 at 7:26
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Sounds like you messed it up a little. ;)

im-switch has been replaced by im-config.

In 14.04 you shouldn't need to install anything to use ibus-pinyin. It's there by default on every Ubuntu installation.

To restore the stuff you unnecessarily removed, please install the ubuntu-desktop package:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

I also think you should study this page from Ubuntu Desktop Help:

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extremely helpful... fresh to Ubuntu and messing up is expected haha >_< i know why i was wrong: i'd added Chinese in text entry instead of adding Chinese(pinyin) – Lion Apr 25 '14 at 3:25


To restore the Text Entry and other icons in System Settings:

$ sudo apt-get install unity-control-center

You don't need to install the whole ubuntu-desktop package.

BTW, the icon for input method on menu bar is the indicator-keyboard package.

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