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IBus 1.5.21


IBus 1.5.21 will extend the current compose typing.

  1. IBus will extend the compose key sequences less than 255 characters.
  2. IBus will extend the compose outputs more equal than one characters.


Current status

Detailed Description

The current IBus accepts the compose key sequences less than 7 characters due to the internal fixed buffer size, E.g. Multi_key-O-R are three characters and the sequence can output "®" but Multi_key-Multi_key-o-i-i-i-n-t are eight characters and the sequence is not enabled in IBus. This release will extend this limitation to 255 characters.

The current IBus outputs one compose character only and size is limited in 16bits. E.g. "®" is one character and it can be output and "🗼" is one character but the size is extended the upper limit of 16bits and the output is not enabled in IBus. This release will delete the limitation of the character lengths and the size will be extended to 32bits.

Benefit to Fedora

The users won't have to mind those compose limitations above and X11 compose does not have the limitations.


  • Proposal owners:
  • Other developers: N/A
  • Release engineering: #8503 (a check of an impact with Release Engineering is needed)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

Users can update their local compose file in $HOME/.config/ibus/Compose or $HOME/.XCompose to extend the compose table and need to restart ibus-daemon.

How To Test

  1. Create $HOME/.config/ibus/Compose with the following context [1]
  2. Restart ibus-daemon (execute command "ibus restart")
  3. Launch gedit and type Multi_key-t-o-w-e-r

"🗼" is output.


<Multi_key> <t> <o> <w> <e> <r>  : "🗼"
Configure Mult_key on your keyboard in GNOME desktop
Run gnome-tweaks, go to "Keyboard & Mouse", configure "Compose key" and you can check the behavior with xev command

User Experience

Users can reuse the user compose file of X11 to IBus. The X11 system compose file has been loaded by the desktop locale since the previous IBus version.


This change effects all IBus engines but rebuilds are not needed.

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: Drop the feature in Fedora 31 and postpone it to Fedora 32
  • Contingency deadline: Beta freeze
  • Blocks release? No
  • Blocks product? No



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