Entering Passwords in Japanese Red Hat Systems
Technical Note 2545
Last Reviewed 20-Jan-2011
Applies To
Reflection X Advantage version 3.0 or higher
Japanese Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 5.0

You may encounter a problem entering text into a password field on Japanese or other Asian language Linux operating systems, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5. This technical note describes how to solve the problem.


The SCIM input method editor (IME) contains a bug that diverts focus away from the password field. As a result, keystrokes never reach the password field handler.


To solve the problem, modify the SCIM configuration as follows:

  1. Open ~/.scim/config with your favorite editor.
  2. Locate the line that reads /FrontEnd/X11/Dynamic=false.

Change false to true so that it reads /FrontEnd/X11/Dynamic=true.

  1. Log out and log back in. SCIM will be enabled, and the keyboard does not lock.

For more information about the problem in RHEL5, see https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=569257.

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