I am trying to have the ability to input Chinese tones directly into text editor in Ubuntu 18.04. I have installed ibus-pinyin and ibus-m17n packages but I cannot find in Region&Language input picker the hanyu pinyin input method, there is only Chinese, Chinese (Bopomofo), Chinese (Intelligent Pinyin), two WuBi variants and that's it.

In here https://askubuntu.com/a/735139/886864 or https://askubuntu.com/a/728506/886864 it is said it should have Chinese (hanyu pinyin (m17n)) but I cannot find it.

What am I doing wrong? Do I need to install something else in 18.04?

  • Reboot and see if it shows up after that. Jan 6, 2019 at 14:35
  • well... it worked, I cna now see loads of different options including hanyu. Thank you :) I feel sorry for myself for not trying this step... If you'll make an answer I can accept it :) Jan 6, 2019 at 16:43
  • Great! Honestly I think it's best that you simply delete the question. That 'answer' wouldn't be of general interest anyway. Jan 6, 2019 at 18:46
  • On the contrary, it does not say in the linked sources that I need to reboot. This might cause a headache for someone too in the future :) Especially since it seems that Chinese (Intelligent Pinyin) option shows up after you install the packages so there is no indication that rebooting might do anything. Jan 6, 2019 at 19:07
  • Well, when you install new input methods, in this case ibus-m17n, it's a general thing that a relogin/reboot is needed before the new method(s) will be recognized in the settings. If you think it's motivated, please fell free to submit an answer yourself. It's perfectly fine to answer your own question, and in a couple of days you'll be able to accept it too. Jan 6, 2019 at 20:16

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The comments suggest to restart the system.

Actually, there is no need to do that.

Just restart ibus as follows:

~$ ibus restart

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