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Swanalekha is a scim malayalam phonetic input method.We can type malayalam easily using swanalekha as it uses transliteration based input method!

Iam going to explain(not really :p) how i installed swanalekha in my gentoo installation!

As it is scim based, swanalekha definitely needs scim,so we have to install it frist.To install it you can use emerge command.it downloads and compiles its source and solves dependecies by itself,so need to worry about dependecy!

If you want to know the size and list of dependencies of scim that emerge downloads, use this command..

#emerge -pv scim

Install it using this command :

#emerge scim

Swanalekha needs another two packages named scim-tables and scim-m17n,they wont get installed with scim, so install them manually using this command..

#emerge scim-tables scim-m17n

Now get the source tarball from http://savannah.inetbridge.net/smc/Swanalekha/swanalekha_0.3.1_2.tar.gz

untar it and cd into it..

$tar -xvf swanalekha_0.3.1_2.tar.gz

$cd swanalekha_0.3.1_2

now run make as root

#make

now configure scim and run

$scim-setup

scim-setup window

scim-setup window

In the Global Setup tab under IMengine enable Malayalam.Restart scim for the changes to take effect.Now open your favourite text editor.Right click and select Scim Input Method from Input Methods.Then left click in the scim tray icon,select Malalyalam-Swanalekha from it and start typing malayalam!

malayalam typed using swanalekha in leafpad texteditor

PS: Hope you have malayalam fonts installed,otherwise get some fonts from here and copy it to ~/.fonts or /usr/share/fonts and restart x

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