Posted by: absolutevoid | മേയ് 12, 2011

Ibus and Libre Office with KDE4 integration

Do not know whether anybody here have noted that, ibus fails to initialise when we try to run libre office with KDE4 integration. If you are in Kde4 and you use ibus and fail to input complex scripts, don’t be panicked. There is a simple work around.

Provided, ibus daemon is up and running, close any libre office instance, go to konsole / yakuake (hey gnome buddies out there, yakuake is a drop-down terminal you would long for, but is only available in kde4) and run libre office with gnome integration from command line


$ OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome soffice

$ OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome libreoffice

any of this would open an instance of libre office start center. if you want to start a specific module of libre office like writer or impress instead of start center, give the corresponding argument to the tail end of the above command(s) : its a “-” followed with the module’s name.

eg: $ OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=gnome soffice -calc

(you could invoke any specific module with

-writer, -calc, -draw, -impress, -base, -math

in the tail end)

Now try ctrl+space to find, ibus working fine with libre office. Change input methods as you wish. It still works. But as a KDE user, you would certainly feel sorry seeing the gnome themed UI of libre office. It would be a pricking feeling, being at the wrong place. Don’t bother. Just close the libre office instance once more. Now you could again open libre office from konsole, but back with KDE integration.

$ OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=kde4 soffice


$ OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP=kde4 libreoffice

with whatever argument at the tail end.

you are back in KDE themed libre office UI, and you could also find to your astonishment that, the ibus which once failed to work in sync with kde4 started working again. Isn’t it funny?


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