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uim-fep is the bridge for inputting text on console applications.


uim-fep is a FEP (Front End Processer).

How to USE

Set the environment variable LANG. You can use also LC_ALL or LC_CTYPE.

Ex.1 example using sh

$ LANG=ja_JP.eucjp ; export LANG

Ex.2 example using csh

% setenv LANG ja_JP.utf8

and exec uim-fep.

$ uim-fep

If you want yo know the key binds, see the manual of uim.

Environment variables

  • TERM

    Set the terminal name in terminfo/termcap. You must set this variable correctly otherwise fail to use uim-fep.


    Set the program name after uim-fep execed. You can specify both relative path and absolute path.


    Set the name of conversion engine. E.G. anthy, skk, ...


    Detecting the language and encoding in accordance with this order.

  • TMP

    The directory to put socket which is for communicating with uim-fep-tick. If this variable not defined, /tmp will be used.


    This is shown when you use backtick


    PID (Process ID) of uim-fep.


    The file where the mode of uim-fep is written


    If you write the mode to this file, uim-fep's mode will change.

    $ echo 0 > $UIM_FEP_SETMODE


    Set the path of the uim's configuration file. In default, uim-fep uses ~/.uim


Options are given priority over environment variables if conflicted.

  • -u [skk/anthy/canna/tcode/tutcode/prime]

    You can set conversion engine name.

  • -s [lastline/backtick/none]

    Set the location where status line is displayed Also you can use abbreviated opsions -sl, -sb, -sn.

  • -b <file>

    Set the socket path which is used by backtik. When you set relative path, its base path is $TMP or /tmp

  • -w <num>

    Width of status line. This variable is used if it's in from 1 to width of terminal.

  • -t <seconds>

    When you are using rsh, you may not use some keys such as "F1", "up", "<Alt>a". This problem is caused because escape-sequence doesn't be committed at once. You can solve this problem by setting the waiting time after inputting escape. In default, waiting time is zero second.

    Example: Set the waiting time 0.1 second

    $ uim-fep -t 0.1

  • -e command arg1 arg2 ...

    Specify the command to run.

  • -h This option show help messages.

  • -v This option show version.

How to use backtick

First, put your uim-fep-tick to the directory in the PATH list. Second, in ~/.screenrc, write down following lines,

backtick 0 0 0 uim-fep-tick
hardstatus alwayslastline "%0`"

last, exec uim-fep in the window of screen with -s option,

$ uim-fep -s backtick
  • Options of uim-fep-tick
    • -s <file>

      You can specify the socket path. When you set relative path, its base path is $TMP or /tmp

    • -h Display the help message

    • -v Display the version info of uim-fep

  • You can run uim-fep by the multiple windows in screen
  • uim-fep-tick is executed by screen, environment variables of screen is taken over.


  • If you want to use Alt key, you should setup like follows.

    If you use mlterm, please add the following line to ~/.mlterm/main


If you use kterm, please add the following line to~/.Xresource or ~/.Xdefaults

KTerm*EightBitInput: false
  • Some terminals accept "<Alt>F1", "<Alt>right" correctly

  • You cannot input "shift-space"

  • cannot input "<Control>L" of prime-wide-latin-key?

  • You cannot input "shift-backspace"

  • If you set nr-candidate-max to 0, you can indicate many candidate at one time.


    (define skk-nr-candidate-max 0)
    (define anthy-nr-candidate-max 0)
    (define prime-nr-candidate-max 0)
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