Make sure fcitx-bin is installed when installing a Chinese language

Bug #1435311 reported by Gunnar Hjalmarsson on 2015-03-23
This bug affects 1 person
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language-selector (Ubuntu)
Gunnar Hjalmarsson

Bug Description

As a result of bug #1430893, check-language-support now pulls fcitx IM support for Chinese instead of IBus ditto. However, this is true only if the fcitx package is installed.

Consider these steps:

* Plain English install -> fcitx not installed

* Install a Chinese language using Language Support, and find that
  1. No IM support gets installed and
  2. fcitx is not available as an IM framework option.

I think it would make more sense to have the fcitx package installed for all users.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

I'm hoping for someone to comment on this before a possible MP.

William Hua (attente) wrote :

I think this was discussed before, but would it be possible to add make language-pack-zh-hans or language-pack-zh-hans-base Depend on fcitx-pinyin? This should pull in fcitx-bin which should be enough to make it the default IM framework.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

It wouldn't automatically make it default, but it would make it available and possible to switch to from gnome-language-selector after having installed a Chinese language.

The language packs are auto built AFAIK, and I don't know how easy it is to fiddle with debian/config for only a few of them.

Also, pkg_depends tests whether fcitx is installed, but I suppose this could be changed to test for fcitx-bin.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Another problem: gnome-language-selector uses check-language-support to first list the packages to be installed, and then installs them. It means that l-s wouldn't pull the fcitx IM stuff according to pkg_depends when a Chinese language is installed, but only next time gnome-language-selector is started.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Correction #3: I meant debian/control, of course.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Maybe a language-selector hack? If the user requests the installation of some Chinese language, install fcitx-bin (if not already installed) before calling check-language-support.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Changed to language-selector after talking with William Hua on IRC.

affects: ubuntu-meta (Ubuntu) → language-selector (Ubuntu)
Changed in language-selector (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)
status: New → In Progress
summary: - fcitx (the framework) should be seeded in desktop
+ Make sure fcitx-bin is installed when installing a Chinese language
Aron Xu (happyaron) wrote :

In pkg_depends, if we specify lines as:


This means make l-s don't check the existence of any dependent package, do you think this will work?

Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

Yes. That's exactly what I'm about to upload. :)

Changed in language-selector (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package language-selector - 0.140

language-selector (0.140) vivid; urgency=medium

  * data/pkg_depends:
    Pull kde-config-fcitx for Chinese on Kubuntu.
 -- Gunnar Hjalmarsson <email address hidden> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:12:00 +0100

Changed in language-selector (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj) wrote :

This is the changelog entry which applies to this bug report:

* data/pkg_depends:
  If a Chinese language is installed (or about to be installed):
  - pull the applicable Chinese fcitx IM engines irrespective of the
    presence of the fcitx framework, and
  - pull also fcitx (the framework)

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