into a nasty infinite loop as soon as you type anything. I have
tracked it down to the "xim" - xinput mechanism for allowing non-english
languages to be typed at the keyboard.
I know this stuff is developed by people where English is not
their native language, but I couldnt believe how awful the XIM
mechanism has gotten on Ubuntu 14.04.
Firstly, /etc/X11/xinit/xinputrc has a language spelling error. I know
English is not the authors first language, but that lead me on to the
$ env | grep -i bus
Somebody is being determined to turn on IM mode for X apps; but its
broken. I can turn this off - I was manually going to edit the xinputrc,
but Ubuntu has sprayed this all over the place. And although I can easily
turn it off, my users wont know what is at issue, and I will likely forget.
If I do
$ ps -lp 3594
F S UID PID PPID C PRI NI ADDR SZ WCHAN TTY TIME CMD
1 S 200 3594 3472 0 80 0 - 90021 poll_s ? 00:09:11 ibus-daemon
$ psg xim
fox 3594 3472 0 Apr20 ? 00:09:11 /usr/bin/ibus-daemon --daemonize --xim
Yet another space hog - for something I dont want.
So, I go to the KDE desktop to configure things. First I visit the
dialog to change the language (United Kingdom English, not American
English). Yea gods! About 1 minute of activity just to change the values
in the dialog - I have no idea what the dialog was doing, but I think
it popped out for a MacDonalds lunch - burger and chips - it was so
slow. But that didnt help.
Then I found the dialog in system settings to set the XInput mode - much
better - there I have an array of choices - all confusing, with really
bad english attempting to tell me what to do.
Now I have to implement a workaround for the bug in Ubuntu/X11/XIM and
I dont know by working around this, I will hurt something that has worked(?)