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I keep getting this strange message when I open a terminal:

me@batcuter:~$ 
Message from syslogd@batcuter at Apr 21 14:10:38 ...
  such IMContext

Message from syslogd@batcuter at Apr 21 14:10:38 ...
  such IMContext

Message from syslogd@batcuter at Apr 21 14:10:43 ...
  invalid char is given at scim_bridge_string_to_uint (): -

Message from syslogd@batcuter at Apr 21 14:10:43 ...
 valid message: Close the connection.

I have no idea what's happening...

  1. Where can I read these logs?
  2. Should I be afraid of a malicious cyberattack?
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Do you have package called scim-bridge installed? If so, uninstall it. See bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/scim-bridge/+bug/573103 based on googling the error message. –  Faheem Mitha Apr 21 '11 at 14:43
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There appears to be a bug in SCIM, I have read that you can "disable SCIM by switching execution permission of script /etc/profile.d/scim.(c)sh" - this is probably distribution-specific.

The reason that the messages appear on your terminal can be found by inspecting /etc/syslogd.conf.

That file also controls which log files the messages are also written to.

It is a software fault, not a malicious cyberattack.

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