I installed ibus, ibus-gtk, ibus-gtk3.
I also installed ibus-unikey and ibus-bamboo, which are packages required for typing in Vietnamese.
I added the following lines in ~/.bashrc

export GTK_IM_MODULE=ibus
export XMODIFIERS=@im=ibus
export QT_IM_MODULE=ibus

Set ibus daemon to automatically run at startup as ibus-daemon --xim
I also ran im-config, choosing ibus option at user configuration.
And I still cannot type Vietnamese characters. Am I missing any steps? Or am I not providing enough information? Helps are appreciated.

  • I installed MX Linux just for fun and now I deeply doubt why I even did that... I absolutely had much fewer issues like this when I was using Ubuntu or CentOS. Also, same is happening to me I am using Mate desktop, trying to add Chinese input.
    – Bolong
    Aug 1 at 6:11
  • Well after I complained here yesterday, I found this: mxlinux.org/wiki/other/chinese-simplified-input. Followed it, and also installed ibus-pinyin, and then rebooted, I now have Pinyin input for Chinese. Not sure how Vietnamese input works though. For Chinese, I need something called "input method", which is that "ibus-pinyin" I installed.
    – Bolong
    Aug 2 at 6:17

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I fixed it in MX Linux 23. I installed ibus-gtk, ibus-gtk3 ibus-gtk4. "sudo apt install ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 ibus-gtk4"

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