After installing IBUS and pinyin input method, I want to set the preferences for this particular input method. It should be something like "Using Traditional Characters in the IBus Pinyin IME" in this webpage.

But when I click the "Preferences" button in the floating window, as shown below, nothing appears. Clicking on Ibus icon and then "Preferences" does not work as well.


I tried with Pinyin and Sunpinyin, but neither gives a pop-up window. I'm expecting to a "Shuangpin" option in that window.

It's something like this problem but I'm running on a recently installed Ubuntu 14.04, xfce4, in a crouton environment.

How can I get the "Preference" window pop up?

Please note that I can type Chinese with pinyin input method. I just want to configure the preferences for that particular input method, so the problem isn't about how to install ibus or installing an input method.

  • I got around this problem with fcitx. – Yvon Aug 21 '14 at 0:31

Go to System Settings -> Text Entry, select Pinyin or SunPinyin and click the tool icon.

  • Well....thanks, but :( There isn't "Text Entry" – Yvon Aug 21 '14 at 0:30
  • @Yvon: Then you don't have Ubuntu 14.04, right? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 21 '14 at 1:46
  • It's a crouton environment. github.com/dnschneid/crouton – Yvon Aug 21 '14 at 16:11
  • @Yvon: Can't tell if that matters. But the desktop environment certainly does, and I see now that you have xfce, and not Unity, which I assumed when you in the title said Ubuntu 14.04. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 21 '14 at 23:35
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    @Yvon: Possibly the Ubuntu specific ibus patches (due to Unity) have something to do with it. But now I'm just guessing. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Aug 22 '14 at 0:00

I had the similar issue with mint mate 17.2 which seems base on ubuntu 14.04.1.

Fix it:

And I fixed it by install python-ibus:

sudo apt-get install python-ibus

Then you can open the preference windows for sunpinyin.

As a summary:

When install ibus, you better use following command:

sudo apt-get install ibus ibus-table ibus-sunpinyin python-ibus

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