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commit 3ea2f68ba70dae94f16aefce3a91beb69e6d64e2
parent 89e5bc2be1d37716ee9356aa414c1f4becf71f11
Author: Chris Bracken <>
Date:   Tue,  5 May 2020 13:15:36 -0700

FreeBSD: cover issues with Japanese + Compose key

The compose key doesn't play nicely with ibus and Japanese input.

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diff --git a/ b/ @@ -433,6 +433,23 @@ steps above or manually starting it via `service dbus start` before running `startx`. For reference, ibus stores its config in binary format using `dconf`. The config can be found in `~/.config/dconf/user`. +It's worth noting that the Japanese input method for ibus doesn't appear +to support the AltGr compose key. The simplest option is to add a second +input method in ibus, but as far as I'm aware, there's no Japanese +keyboard layout that also supports the compose key (known as `Multi_Key` +to X). You can map the right Alt key using setxkbmap: + + setxkbmap -layout jp -option ctrl:nocaps -option compose:ralt + +however, the key is still ignored in ibus Japanese input modes. The best +option is probably create a new English layout that's just a copy of the +Japanese keyboard layout with the right Alt key mapped to Compose. ibus +seems to keep its keymaps under /usr/local/share/ibus/keymaps, xkb seems +to keep them under /usr/local/share/X11/xkb. + +Some relevant notes on ibus + compose interaction here: + + ### Virtual console