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[[Category:Internet Applications]]
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[[Category:Internet applications]]
 
[[Category:Internet Relay Chat]]
 
[[Category:Internet Relay Chat]]
 
[[de:Pidgin]]
 
[[de:Pidgin]]
 
[[es:Pidgin]]
 
[[es:Pidgin]]
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[[ja:Pidgin]]
 
[[ru:Pidgin]]
 
[[ru:Pidgin]]
 
[[zh-CN:Pidgin]]
 
[[zh-CN:Pidgin]]
'''Pidgin''' (formerly Gaim) is an instant messaging client for Linux that can connect to many different IM networks, such as Live Messenger, Yahoo, IRC, AIM, etc. One of Pidgin's key features is that you can use many networks at the same time.
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From the project [http://www.pidgin.im/ home page]:
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: ''Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.''
  
==Installation==
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== Installation ==
[[pacman|Install]] {{Pkg|pidgin}}, available in the [[Official Repositories]].
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You may also want to [[pacman|install]] additional plugins from the {{Pkg|purple-plugin-pack}}.
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[[Install]] the {{Pkg|pidgin}} package.
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Notable variants are:
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* {{App|Pidgin Light|Light Pidgin version without GStreamer, Tcl/Tk, XScreenSaver, video/voice support.|http://pidgin.im/|{{AUR|pidgin-light}}}}
  
==Spellcheck==
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You may also want to install additional plugins from the {{Pkg|purple-plugin-pack}}.
Aspell will be installed as a dependency, but to prevent all of your text from showing up as incorrect you will need to install an aspell dictionary:
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# pacman -S aspell-en
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This installs the English dictionary. Use {{Ic|pacman -Ss aspell}} to list available languages.
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== Spellcheck ==
  
{{Note| The '''switch spell'''-plugin is included in the purple-plugin-pack (see above). It allows you to switch between multiple languages.}}
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Aspell will be installed as a dependency, but to prevent all of your text from showing up as incorrect you will need to install an aspell dictionary like {{Pkg|aspell-en}}. Use {{ic|pacman -Ss aspell}} to list available languages.
  
==Sound fix==
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If spell checking doesn't work try running aspell separately to check that it is setup correctly and doesn't spit out a helpful error message.
To have event sounds working, install the {{pkg|gstreamer0.10-good}} package. Alternatively, in the "Sounds" preferences tab, the method can be set to 'command' and one of the following sound commands used.
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$ echo center | aspell -a
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{{Note|The '''switch spell''' plugin is included in the {{Pkg|purple-plugin-pack}}. It allows you to switch between multiple languages.}}
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== Sound fix ==
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To have event sounds working, install the {{Pkg|gstreamer0.10-good}} package. Alternatively, in the "Sounds" preferences tab, the method can be set to 'command' and one of the following sound commands used.
  
 
After configuring [[ALSA]]:
 
After configuring [[ALSA]]:
  aplay %s
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  $ aplay %s
  
 
If using [[OSS]]:
 
If using [[OSS]]:
  ossplay %s
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  $ ossplay %s
  
 
And for [[PulseAudio]]:
 
And for [[PulseAudio]]:
  paplay %s
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  $ paplay %s
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== Browser error ==
  
==Browser error==
 
 
If clicking a link within Pidgin creates an error message about trying to use 'sensible-browser' to open a link, try editing {{ic|~/.purple/prefs.xml}}. Find the line referencing 'sensible-browser' and change it to this:
 
If clicking a link within Pidgin creates an error message about trying to use 'sensible-browser' to open a link, try editing {{ic|~/.purple/prefs.xml}}. Find the line referencing 'sensible-browser' and change it to this:
 
  <pref name='command' type='path' value='firefox'/>
 
  <pref name='command' type='path' value='firefox'/>
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This example assumes you use [[Firefox]].
 
This example assumes you use [[Firefox]].
  
==QIP Encoding bug==
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== QIP encoding bug ==
There is another bug in character encoding when communicating between Pidgin and QIP, which especially affects Czech language, but there are also other languages affected. There are two possible solutions. The better one is to upgrade from QIP to QIP Infimum, second solution is to install and enable plugin from {{AUR|pidgin-qip-decoder}} package currently available from [[AUR]].
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There is another bug in character encoding when communicating between Pidgin and QIP, which especially affects Czech language, but there are also other languages affected. There are two possible solutions. The better one is to upgrade from QIP to QIP 2012 or QIP Infium, second solution is to install and enable plugin from {{AUR|pidgin-qip-decoder}}{{Broken package link|{{aur-mirror|pidgin-qip-decoder}}}} package currently available from [[AUR]].
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== ICQ ==
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You can change encoding for ICQ account if encoding in Buddy Information is not correct:
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Account > ''your ICQ account'' > Edit account > Advanced tab
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Select {{ic|Encoding: CP1251}} (for Cyrillic).
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== IRC ==
  
==IRC==
 
 
This is a small tutorial for connecting to Freenode. It should work for other IRC networks as long as you substitute the port numbers and other specific settings.
 
This is a small tutorial for connecting to Freenode. It should work for other IRC networks as long as you substitute the port numbers and other specific settings.
  
Go to Accounts -> Manage Accounts -> Add -> Fill/select the following options:
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Go to ''Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add''. Fill/select the following options:
  Protocol: IRC  
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  Protocol: IRC
  Username: <your username>
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  Username: ''your username''
  
Now go to Buddies -> New instant message ( or hit ctrl + m) fill 'freenode.net' in the textbox and <username>@irc.freenode.net -> then click 'Ok'. Type:
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Now go to ''Buddies > New instant message'' (or hit {{ic|Ctrl+m}}), fill 'freenode.net' in the textbox and ''username''@irc.freenode.net, then click 'Ok'. Type:
  /join #archlinux (channel is irrelevant)
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  /join #archlinux
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The channel is irrelevant.
  
 
In order to register your nick, type:
 
In order to register your nick, type:
  /msg nickserv register <password> <email-addres>
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  /msg nickserv register ''password'' ''email-addres''
  
 
Follow the instructions from the registration mail. For further help type:
 
Follow the instructions from the registration mail. For further help type:
 
  /msg nickserv help
 
  /msg nickserv help
  /msg nickserv help <command>
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  /msg nickserv help ''command''
  
This final step will add your channel to 'Buddies': go to Buddies -> Add chat -> fill the correct channel in the textbox named channel (#archlinux).
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This final step will add your channel to 'Buddies': go to ''Buddies > Add chat'', fill the correct channel in the textbox named channel (#archlinux).
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== Xfire ==
  
==Xfire==
 
 
Simply install {{Pkg|pidgin-gfire}} and then add a new account, selecting xfire as protocol.
 
Simply install {{Pkg|pidgin-gfire}} and then add a new account, selecting xfire as protocol.
  
==Facebook XMPP==
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== Web QQ ==
Since Facebook Chat supports XMPP, you can use Pidgin without extra plugins. See this article for more information: [http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=297991732130 Facebook Chat Now Available Everywhere]
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{{Note| In order to utilise facebook chat through XMPP and pidgin, you will require a facebook "username", this is located in facebook -> account settings -> username [below real name]}}
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Simply install {{Pkg|pidgin-lwqq}} and then add a new account, selecting webQQ as the protocol. QQ is a proprietary chat protocol/IM service mainly used in Asia, particularly China.
  
1. Go to "Accounts" and select "Manage Accounts."
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== Facebook XMPP ==
  
2. On the Basic tab, enter the following info:
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Facebook XMPP is not working since  April 30th, 2015. See [https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat?_fb_noscript=1]
: Protocol: XMPP
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: Username: ''Your facebookID'' (without e-mail domain, e.g. @yahoo.com, etc)
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: Domain: chat.facebook.com   (make sure you haven't typed any extra space)
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: Resource: Pidgin (leave this empty if you get "username@chat.facebook.com/Pidgin Not Authorized" error message)
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: Password: ''Your Password''
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: Local alias: ''Your Name''
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3. Click the Advanced tab, then enter the following info:
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An alternative is to use a ThirdPartyPlugin that uses Facebook IM, see [https://github.com/jgeboski/purple-facebook]
: Connect port: 5222
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: Connect server: chat.facebook.com (make sure you haven't typed any extra space)
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: (Uncheck the box labeled "Require SSL/TLS")
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{{Note| Newer versions of Pidgin do not have a "Require SSL/TLS" box.  Instead, select "Use encryption if available" from the Connection Security dropdown in Advanced}}
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You can get the plugin from either {{AUR|purple-facebook}} or {{AUR|purple-facebook-git}}
  
{{Note| Changing your facebook privacy settings to "Turn off all apps" (under Apps and Websites), will disable your ability to send messages via jabber. (see [https://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/Protocol%20Specific%20Questions?version&#61;123#WhycantPidginseemtosendFacebookmessages Why can't Pidgin seem to send Facebook messages])}}
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Then add a new account, select Facebook as the protocol, enter your [https://www.facebook.com/help/211813265517027 Facebook username] and password and login.
  
{{Note| You may notice that all facebook contacts are in a separate group every time you login with your xmpp account even though you moved them to other groups or created meta-contacts. If you want to be able to group contacts and create meta-contacts you can use the plugin available here: [http://code.google.com/p/pidgin-xmpp-ignore-groups/ pidgin-xmpp-ignore-groups] (after installing the plugin activate the option ''Ignore server-sent groups'' on the Advanced tab in your xmpp-account settings). It essentially ignores the group data sent by the server roaster and preserves your local changes.}}
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== Security ==
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Pidgin uses Libpurple 2 which stores passwords unencrypted (in plaintext) in $HOME/.purple/account.xml, see [https://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/PlainTextPasswords]. You can store them in a keyring by using a plugin like:
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* {{AUR|purple-gnome-keyring}}
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* {{Pkg|pidgin-kwallet}}
  
 
== Privacy ==
 
== Privacy ==
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Pidgin has some privacy rules set by default. Namely, the whole world cannot send you messages; only your contacts or people selected from a list. Adjust this, and other settings through:
 
Pidgin has some privacy rules set by default. Namely, the whole world cannot send you messages; only your contacts or people selected from a list. Adjust this, and other settings through:
  Tools -> Privacy
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  Tools > Privacy
  
 
=== Pidgin-OTR ===
 
=== Pidgin-OTR ===
This is a plugin that brings Off-The-Record (OTR) messaging to Pidgin. OTR is a cryptographic protocol that will encrypt your instant messages.
 
  
First you need to install {{Pkg|pidgin-otr}} from [extra], like so:
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This is a plugin that brings Off-The-Record (OTR) messaging to Pidgin. OTR is a cryptographic protocol that will encrypt your instant messages.
# pacman -S pidgin-otr
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Once this has been done, OTR has been added to Pidgin.  
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To enable OTR, start Pidgin and go to Tools -> Plugins or press Ctrl + U. Scroll down to the entry entitled "Off-The-Record Messaging". If the checkbox beside it is not checked, check it.
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First you need to install {{Pkg|pidgin-otr}} from the official repositories. Once this has been done, OTR has been added to Pidgin.
  
Next, click on the plugin entry and select "Configure plugin" at the bottom. Select which account you wish to generate a key for, then click "Generate". You will have now generated a private key. If you are not sure what the other options do, leave them, the default options will work fine.
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# To enable OTR, start Pidgin and go to ''Tools > Plugins'' or press {{ic|Ctrl+u}}. Scroll down to the entry entitled "Off-The-Record Messaging". If the checkbox beside it is not checked, check it.
 
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# Next, click on the plugin entry and select "Configure plugin" at the bottom. Select which account you wish to generate a key for, then click "Generate". You will have now generated a private key. If you are not sure what the other options do, leave them, the default options will work fine.
The next step is to contact a buddy who also has OTR installed. In the chat window, a new icon should appear to the top right of your text input box. Click on it, and select "Start private conversation". This will start an 'Unverified' session. Unverified sessions are encrypted, but not verified - that is, you have started a private conversation with someone using your buddy's account who has OTR, but who might not be your buddy. The steps for verification of a buddy are beyond the scope of this section; however, they might be added in the future.
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# The next step is to contact a buddy who also has OTR installed. In the chat window, a new icon should appear to the top right of your text input box. Click on it, and select "Start private conversation". This will start an 'Unverified' session. Unverified sessions are encrypted, but not verified - that is, you have started a private conversation with someone using your buddy's account who has OTR, but who might not be your buddy. The steps for verification of a buddy are beyond the scope of this section; however, they might be added in the future.
  
 
=== Pidgin-Encryption ===
 
=== Pidgin-Encryption ===
Pidgin-Encryption transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.
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# pacman -S pidgin-encryption
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{{Pkg|pidgin-encryption}} transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.
  
 
You can enable it the same way as Pidgin-OTR.
 
You can enable it the same way as Pidgin-OTR.
  
Now you can open conversation window and new icon sould appear beside menu. Press it to enable or disable encryption.
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Now you can open conversation window and new icon should appear beside menu. Press it to enable or disable encryption.
 
Also if you want to make encryption enabled by default right-click on a buddy's name (in your buddy list), and select Turn Auto-Encrypt On. Now, whenever a new conversation window for that buddy is opened, encryption will start out as enabled.
 
Also if you want to make encryption enabled by default right-click on a buddy's name (in your buddy list), and select Turn Auto-Encrypt On. Now, whenever a new conversation window for that buddy is opened, encryption will start out as enabled.
  
== Sametime protocol ==
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=== Pidgin-GPG ===
Sametime support is not available in the default version of Arch Linux's Pidgin package. This section will demonstrate how to enable this feature via AUR and the 'Meanwhile' plugin. This section assumes that you are familiar with using the AUR and that you are performing the following commands in {{ic|~/builds}} directory.
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First install [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=2956 meanwhile] from the [[AUR]].
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Pidgin-GPG transparently encrypt conversations using GPG, and taking advantage of all the features of a pre-existing WoT.
  
Now you have to rebuild your installed version of Pidgin with Sametime support: the procedure is different depending on whether you have Pidgin from [extra] or from a package in AUR.
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The plugin is available on AUR as {{aur|pidgin-gpg}}. It can be enabled the same way as the previously mentioned ones.
  
===[extra] package===
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== Sametime protocol ==
  
Make sure you have installed the [[Arch Build System]] and downloaded the ABS tree.
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Sametime support is available by installing two packages from [[AUR]]:
  
Now copy the pidgin directory of ABS to {{ic|~/builds}}:
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* {{AUR|meanwhile}}
$ cp -r /var/abs/extra/pidgin ~/builds
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* {{AUR|libpurple-meanwhile}}
  
Go to {{ic|~/builds/pidgin}} and edit the {{ic|PKGBUILD}} file. Go to the {{Ic|build()}} section and make sure you remove the {{Ic|--disable-meanwhile}} line from the configure options.
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Previously it was required to rebuild Pidgin to remove the {{ic|--disable-meanwhile}} flag from compilation, this is no longer needed. Once these two packages are installed the 'Sametime' protocol will be available when creating an account.
 
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Make the package:
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$ makepkg -s
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Install '''first''' the libpurple package as root:
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# pacman -U libpurple-version-arch.pkg.tar.gz
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After that install the pidgin package as root:
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# pacman -U pidgin-version-arch.pkg.tar.gz
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Pidgin now has the 'Sametime' protocol as an option when creating accounts.
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===AUR package===
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Download and extract your Pidgin package from AUR (this example will use pidgin-gnome, change to preference):
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$ cd ~/builds && wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/pidgin-gnome/pidgin-gnome.tar.gz && tar xfvz pidgin-gnome.tar.gz
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Change into the extracted directory:
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$ cd pidgin-gnome
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In order to have 'Sametime' support you must remove the following from PKGBUILD
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--disable-meanwhile
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Build the package:
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$ makepkg -s
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Install the package as root:
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# pacman -U pidgin-gnome-2.5.8-1-i686.pkg.tar.gz
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Pidgin now has the 'Sametime' protocol as an option when creating accounts.
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== SIP/Simple protocol for Live Communications Server 2003/2005/2007 ==
 
== SIP/Simple protocol for Live Communications Server 2003/2005/2007 ==
  
The [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=16170 pidgin-sipe] plugin is available from [[AUR]].
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The {{Pkg|pidgin-sipe}} plugin is available in [[official repositories]].
  
 
== Other packages ==
 
== Other packages ==
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Arch has other Pidgin-related packages. Here are the most popular (for a thorough list, search the AUR):
 
Arch has other Pidgin-related packages. Here are the most popular (for a thorough list, search the AUR):
 
*{{Pkg|pidgin-libnotify}} - Libnotify support, for theme-consistent notifications
 
*{{Pkg|pidgin-libnotify}} - Libnotify support, for theme-consistent notifications
 
*{{Pkg|guifications}} - Toaster-style popup notifications
 
*{{Pkg|guifications}} - Toaster-style popup notifications
*{{AUR|microblog-purple}} - Libpurple plug-in supporting microblog services like Twitter
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*{{AUR|microblog-purple}}{{Broken package link|{{aur-mirror|microblog-purple}}}} - Libpurple plug-in supporting microblog services like Twitter
*{{AUR|pidgin-light}} - All supported protocols same as default;  but without gstreamer, tcl, tk or xscreensaver support.  No video/voice.
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*{{AUR|pidgin-latex}} - A small latex plugin for pidgin. Put math between $$ and have it rendered (recepient also needs to have this installed)
  
==Skype plugin==
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== Skype plugin ==
  
Install {{AUR|skype4pidgin}} from the [[AUR]].
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Install the {{AUR|skype4pidgin-git}} or {{AUR|purple-skypeweb-git}} package.
  
==Auto logout on suspend==
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== Auto logout on suspend ==
  
If you suspend your computer pidgin seems to stay connected for about 15 minutes. To prevent message loss create a {{ic|00pidgin}} file in {{ic|/etc/pm/sleep.d/}} to set your status to offline before suspending or hibernating. The status message won't be changed. Take the following script and replace {{ic|''user''}} with your user.
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If you suspend your computer pidgin seems to stay connected for about 15 minutes. To prevent message loss, it is needed to set your status offline before suspending or hibernating. The status message won't be changed.
  #!/bin/sh
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  #
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Therefore create a new systemd unit {{ic|pidgin-suspend}} in {{ic|/etc/systemd/system}}
  # 00pidgin: set offline/online status
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Take the following snippet and replace ''myuser'' with your user.
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  [Unit]
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  Description=Suspend Pidgin
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  Before=sleep.target
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StopWhenUnneeded=yes
 
   
 
   
  case "$1" in
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  [Service]
  hibernate|suspend)
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  Type=oneshot
  DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=offline' ''%user''
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  User=''myuser''
  ;;
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RemainAfterExit=yes
thaw|resume)
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Environment=DISPLAY=:0
DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=available' ''%user''
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ExecStart=-/usr/bin/purple-remote setstatus?status=offline
  ;;
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  ExecStop=-/usr/bin/purple-remote setstatus?status=available
  *) exit $NA
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  ;;
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  [Install]
esac
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  WantedBy=sleep.target
  
== Troubleshooting ==
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If you are using [[pm-utils]], you could create a {{ic|00pidgin}} file in {{ic|/etc/pm/sleep.d/}} instead.
  
*If facebook XMPP verification does not work for you, there a package in the aur [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=34479 pidgin-facebookchat] which does not require a unique user name (you may login with an email address)
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{{bc|<nowiki>
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#!/bin/sh
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#
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# 00pidgin: set offline/online status
  
*The facebookchat plugin will prompt for varification (enter these two words...), if that fails, hit cancel and log onto facebook with pidgin open, this will configre the plugin's security setting)
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case "$1" in
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    hibernate|suspend)
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        DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=offline' ''%myuser''
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    ;;
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    thaw|resume)
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        DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=available' ''%myuser''
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    ;;
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    *) exit $NA
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    ;;
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esac
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</nowiki>}}
  
=== Installing Pidgin After a Carrier Installation ===
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== Troubleshooting ==
* If you previously installed [https://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=17191 Carrier] (aka [http://funpidgin.sourceforge.net/ FunPidgin]), follow these steps ''before'' installing Pidgin
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=== Installing Pidgin after a Carrier installation ===
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If you previously installed {{AUR|carrier}}{{Broken package link|{{aur-mirror|carrier}}}} (aka [http://funpidgin.sourceforge.net/ FunPidgin]), follow these steps ''before'' installing Pidgin:
 
* Quit Carrier
 
* Quit Carrier
* Delete your ~/.purple directory '''(Warning: this will remove all your user settings for any programs that use libpurple, i.e. Pidgin, Carrier, etc.)'''
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* Delete your {{ic|~/.purple}} directory.
<pre>
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{{Warning|This will remove all your user settings for any programs that use libpurple, i.e. Pidgin, Carrier, etc.}}
rm -r ~/.purple
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rm -r ~/.purple
</pre>
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* Uninstall '''carrier''' and '''libpurple'''.
* Remove Carrier and libpurple
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* Install '''pidgin''' and '''libpurple'''.
<pre>
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pacman -R carrier libpurple
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== History import Kopete to Pidgin ==
</pre>
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* Install Pidgin and libpurple
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<pre>
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pacman -S pidgin libpurple
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</pre>
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== History Import Kopete To Pidgin ==
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* Install {{Pkg|xalan-c}} and create {{ic|~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh}} with this code:
* Install xalan-c
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{{bc|<nowiki>
<pre>
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pacman -S xalan-c
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</pre>
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* Create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh with this code:
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<pre>
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#!/bin/sh
 
#!/bin/sh
  
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CURRENT_DIR=~/bin
 
CURRENT_DIR=~/bin
  
cd ~
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cd
  
 
if [ ! -d $KOPETE_DIR ];then
 
if [ ! -d $KOPETE_DIR ];then
echo "Kopete log directory not found"
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    echo "Kopete log directory not found"
exit 1;
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    exit 1;
 
fi
 
fi
  
 
if [ ! -d $PIDGIN_DIR ];then
 
if [ ! -d $PIDGIN_DIR ];then
echo "Pidgin log directory not found"
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    echo "Pidgin log directory not found"
exit 2;
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    exit 2;
 
fi
 
fi
  
for KOPETE_PROTODIR in `ls $KOPETE_DIR`
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for KOPETE_PROTODIR in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR); do
do
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    PIDGIN_PROTODIR=$(echo $KOPETE_PROTODIR | sed 's/Protocol//' | tr [:upper:] [:lower:])
PIDGIN_PROTODIR=`echo $KOPETE_PROTODIR | sed 's/Protocol//' | tr [:upper:] [:lower:]`
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    for accnum in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR); do
for accnum in `ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR`
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        echo "Account number: $accnum"
do
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        for num in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum); do
echo "Account number: $accnum"
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            FILENAME=$(Xalan $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt)
for num in `ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum`
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            if [ $? = 0 ]; then
do
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                echo "$KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num"
FILENAME=`Xalan $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt`
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                echo " -> $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME"
if [ $? = 0 ]; then
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                mkdir -p $(dirname $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME)
echo "$KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num"
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                Xalan -o $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt
echo " -> $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME"
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            fi
mkdir -p `dirname $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME`
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        done
Xalan -o $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt
+
    done
fi
+
done
+
done
+
 
done
 
done
</pre>
+
</nowiki>}}
* Make ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh executable
+
* Make {{ic|~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh}} executable:
<pre>
+
chmod +x ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh
chmod +x ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh
+
* Create {{ic|~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt}} with this code:
</pre>
+
{{bc|1=
* Create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt with this code:
+
<pre>
+
 
<?xml version="1.0"?>
 
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
+
<nowiki><xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"></nowiki>
<xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />
+
    <xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />
  
<xsl:template match="kopete-history">
+
    <xsl:template match="kopete-history">
<xsl:apply-templates select="msg"/>
+
        <xsl:apply-templates select="msg"/>
</xsl:template>
+
    </xsl:template>
  
<xsl:template match="msg">
+
    <xsl:template match="msg">
<xsl:text>(</xsl:text>
+
        <xsl:text>(</xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="translate(substring-after(@time,' '),':',',')"/>
+
        <xsl:value-of select="translate(substring-after(@time,' '),':',',')"/>
<xsl:text>) </xsl:text>
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        <xsl:text>) </xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="@nick"/>
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        <xsl:value-of select="@nick"/>
<xsl:if test="not(@nick) or @nick = ''">
+
        <xsl:if test="not(@nick) or @nick = ''">
<xsl:value-of select="@from"/>
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            <xsl:value-of select="@from"/>
</xsl:if>
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        </xsl:if>
<xsl:text>: </xsl:text>
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        <xsl:text>: </xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="."/>
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        <xsl:value-of select="."/>
 
<xsl:text>
 
<xsl:text>
 
</xsl:text>
 
</xsl:text>
</xsl:template>
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    </xsl:template>
 
</xsl:stylesheet>
 
</xsl:stylesheet>
</pre>
+
</nowiki>}}
* Create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt with this code:
+
* Create {{ic|~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt}} with this code:
<pre>
+
{{bc|1=
 
<?xml version="1.0"?>
 
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
+
<nowiki><xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"></nowiki>
<xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />
+
    <xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />
  
<xsl:template match="kopete-history">
+
    <xsl:template match="kopete-history">
<xsl:value-of select="head/contact[@type = 'myself']/@contactId"/>
+
        <xsl:value-of select="head/contact[@type = 'myself']/@contactId"/>
<xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
+
        <xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="head/contact[not(@type)]/@contactId"/>
+
        <xsl:value-of select="head/contact[not(@type)]/@contactId"/>
<xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
+
        <xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
<xsl:value-of select="head/date/@year"/>
+
        <xsl:value-of select="head/date/@year"/>
<xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
+
        <xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
<xsl:if test="head/date/@month &lt; 10">0</xsl:if>
+
        <xsl:if test="head/date/@month &amp;lt; 10">0</xsl:if>
<xsl:value-of select="head/date/@month"/>
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        <xsl:value-of select="head/date/@month"/>
<xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
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        <xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
<xsl:if test="string-length(substring-before(msg[1]/@time,' ')) &lt; 2">0</xsl:if>
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        <xsl:if test="string-length(substring-before(msg[1]/@time,' ')) &amp;lt; 2">0</xsl:if>
<xsl:value-of select="translate(msg[1]/@time,' :','.')"/>
+
        <xsl:value-of select="translate(msg[1]/@time,' :','.')"/>
<xsl:text>+0200EET.txt</xsl:text>
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        <xsl:text>+0200EET.txt</xsl:text>
</xsl:template>
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    </xsl:template>
 
</xsl:stylesheet>
 
</xsl:stylesheet>
</pre>
+
}}
* Execute the command in the shell
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* Execute the command in the shell:
<pre>
+
 
~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh
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~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh
</pre>
+
 
 +
== See also ==
  
==See also==
 
 
* [http://pidgin.im Pidgin homepage]
 
* [http://pidgin.im Pidgin homepage]
* [http://lukav.com/wordpress/2008/03/30/history-import-kopete-to-pidgin History Import Kopete To Pidgin]
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* [http://lukav.com/wordpress/2008/03/30/history-import-kopete-to-pidgin History import Kopete to Pidgin]

Latest revision as of 15:10, 19 March 2016

From the project home page:

Pidgin is an easy to use and free chat client used by millions. Connect to AIM, MSN, Yahoo, and more chat networks all at once.

Installation

Install the pidgin package. Notable variants are:

  • Pidgin Light — Light Pidgin version without GStreamer, Tcl/Tk, XScreenSaver, video/voice support.
http://pidgin.im/ || pidgin-lightAUR

You may also want to install additional plugins from the purple-plugin-pack.

Spellcheck

Aspell will be installed as a dependency, but to prevent all of your text from showing up as incorrect you will need to install an aspell dictionary like aspell-en. Use pacman -Ss aspell to list available languages.

If spell checking doesn't work try running aspell separately to check that it is setup correctly and doesn't spit out a helpful error message.

$ echo center | aspell -a
Note: The switch spell plugin is included in the purple-plugin-pack. It allows you to switch between multiple languages.

Sound fix

To have event sounds working, install the gstreamer0.10-good package. Alternatively, in the "Sounds" preferences tab, the method can be set to 'command' and one of the following sound commands used.

After configuring ALSA:

$ aplay %s

If using OSS:

$ ossplay %s

And for PulseAudio:

$ paplay %s

Browser error

If clicking a link within Pidgin creates an error message about trying to use 'sensible-browser' to open a link, try editing ~/.purple/prefs.xml. Find the line referencing 'sensible-browser' and change it to this:

<pref name='command' type='path' value='firefox'/>

This example assumes you use Firefox.

QIP encoding bug

There is another bug in character encoding when communicating between Pidgin and QIP, which especially affects Czech language, but there are also other languages affected. There are two possible solutions. The better one is to upgrade from QIP to QIP 2012 or QIP Infium, second solution is to install and enable plugin from pidgin-qip-decoderAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] package currently available from AUR.

ICQ

You can change encoding for ICQ account if encoding in Buddy Information is not correct:

Account > your ICQ account > Edit account > Advanced tab

Select Encoding: CP1251 (for Cyrillic).

IRC

This is a small tutorial for connecting to Freenode. It should work for other IRC networks as long as you substitute the port numbers and other specific settings.

Go to Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add. Fill/select the following options:

Protocol: IRC
Username: your username

Now go to Buddies > New instant message (or hit Ctrl+m), fill 'freenode.net' in the textbox and username@irc.freenode.net, then click 'Ok'. Type:

/join #archlinux

The channel is irrelevant.

In order to register your nick, type:

/msg nickserv register password email-addres

Follow the instructions from the registration mail. For further help type:

/msg nickserv help
/msg nickserv help command

This final step will add your channel to 'Buddies': go to Buddies > Add chat, fill the correct channel in the textbox named channel (#archlinux).

Xfire

Simply install pidgin-gfire and then add a new account, selecting xfire as protocol.

Web QQ

Simply install pidgin-lwqq and then add a new account, selecting webQQ as the protocol. QQ is a proprietary chat protocol/IM service mainly used in Asia, particularly China.

Facebook XMPP

Facebook XMPP is not working since April 30th, 2015. See [1]

An alternative is to use a ThirdPartyPlugin that uses Facebook IM, see [2]

You can get the plugin from either purple-facebookAUR or purple-facebook-gitAUR

Then add a new account, select Facebook as the protocol, enter your Facebook username and password and login.

Security

Pidgin uses Libpurple 2 which stores passwords unencrypted (in plaintext) in $HOME/.purple/account.xml, see [3]. You can store them in a keyring by using a plugin like:

Privacy

Pidgin has some privacy rules set by default. Namely, the whole world cannot send you messages; only your contacts or people selected from a list. Adjust this, and other settings through:

Tools > Privacy

Pidgin-OTR

This is a plugin that brings Off-The-Record (OTR) messaging to Pidgin. OTR is a cryptographic protocol that will encrypt your instant messages.

First you need to install pidgin-otr from the official repositories. Once this has been done, OTR has been added to Pidgin.

  1. To enable OTR, start Pidgin and go to Tools > Plugins or press Ctrl+u. Scroll down to the entry entitled "Off-The-Record Messaging". If the checkbox beside it is not checked, check it.
  2. Next, click on the plugin entry and select "Configure plugin" at the bottom. Select which account you wish to generate a key for, then click "Generate". You will have now generated a private key. If you are not sure what the other options do, leave them, the default options will work fine.
  3. The next step is to contact a buddy who also has OTR installed. In the chat window, a new icon should appear to the top right of your text input box. Click on it, and select "Start private conversation". This will start an 'Unverified' session. Unverified sessions are encrypted, but not verified - that is, you have started a private conversation with someone using your buddy's account who has OTR, but who might not be your buddy. The steps for verification of a buddy are beyond the scope of this section; however, they might be added in the future.

Pidgin-Encryption

pidgin-encryption transparently encrypts your instant messages with RSA encryption. Easy-to-use, but very secure.

You can enable it the same way as Pidgin-OTR.

Now you can open conversation window and new icon should appear beside menu. Press it to enable or disable encryption. Also if you want to make encryption enabled by default right-click on a buddy's name (in your buddy list), and select Turn Auto-Encrypt On. Now, whenever a new conversation window for that buddy is opened, encryption will start out as enabled.

Pidgin-GPG

Pidgin-GPG transparently encrypt conversations using GPG, and taking advantage of all the features of a pre-existing WoT.

The plugin is available on AUR as pidgin-gpgAUR. It can be enabled the same way as the previously mentioned ones.

Sametime protocol

Sametime support is available by installing two packages from AUR:

Previously it was required to rebuild Pidgin to remove the --disable-meanwhile flag from compilation, this is no longer needed. Once these two packages are installed the 'Sametime' protocol will be available when creating an account.

SIP/Simple protocol for Live Communications Server 2003/2005/2007

The pidgin-sipe plugin is available in official repositories.

Other packages

Arch has other Pidgin-related packages. Here are the most popular (for a thorough list, search the AUR):

Skype plugin

Install the skype4pidgin-gitAUR or purple-skypeweb-gitAUR package.

Auto logout on suspend

If you suspend your computer pidgin seems to stay connected for about 15 minutes. To prevent message loss, it is needed to set your status offline before suspending or hibernating. The status message won't be changed.

Therefore create a new systemd unit pidgin-suspend in /etc/systemd/system Take the following snippet and replace myuser with your user.

[Unit]
Description=Suspend Pidgin
Before=sleep.target
StopWhenUnneeded=yes

[Service]
Type=oneshot
User=myuser
RemainAfterExit=yes
Environment=DISPLAY=:0
ExecStart=-/usr/bin/purple-remote setstatus?status=offline
ExecStop=-/usr/bin/purple-remote setstatus?status=available

[Install]
WantedBy=sleep.target

If you are using pm-utils, you could create a 00pidgin file in /etc/pm/sleep.d/ instead.

#!/bin/sh
#
# 00pidgin: set offline/online status

case "$1" in
    hibernate|suspend)
        DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=offline' ''%myuser''
    ;;
    thaw|resume)
        DISPLAY=:0 su -c 'purple-remote setstatus?status=available' ''%myuser''
    ;;
    *) exit $NA
    ;;
esac

Troubleshooting

Installing Pidgin after a Carrier installation

If you previously installed carrierAUR[broken link: archived in aur-mirror] (aka FunPidgin), follow these steps before installing Pidgin:

  • Quit Carrier
  • Delete your ~/.purple directory.
Warning: This will remove all your user settings for any programs that use libpurple, i.e. Pidgin, Carrier, etc.
rm -r ~/.purple
  • Uninstall carrier and libpurple.
  • Install pidgin and libpurple.

History import Kopete to Pidgin

  • Install xalan-c and create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh with this code:
#!/bin/sh

KOPETE_DIR=~/.kde4/share/apps/kopete/logs
PIDGIN_DIR=~/.purple/logs
CURRENT_DIR=~/bin

cd

if [ ! -d $KOPETE_DIR ];then
    echo "Kopete log directory not found"
    exit 1;
fi

if [ ! -d $PIDGIN_DIR ];then
    echo "Pidgin log directory not found"
    exit 2;
fi

for KOPETE_PROTODIR in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR); do
    PIDGIN_PROTODIR=$(echo $KOPETE_PROTODIR | sed 's/Protocol//' | tr [:upper:] [:lower:])
    for accnum in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR); do
        echo "Account number: $accnum"
        for num in $(ls $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum); do
            FILENAME=$(Xalan $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt)
            if [ $? = 0 ]; then
                echo "$KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num"
                echo " -> $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME"
                mkdir -p $(dirname $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME)
                Xalan -o $PIDGIN_DIR/$PIDGIN_PROTODIR/$FILENAME $KOPETE_DIR/$KOPETE_PROTODIR/$accnum/$num $CURRENT_DIR/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt
            fi
        done
    done
done
  • Make ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh executable:
chmod +x ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh
  • Create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.xslt with this code:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
    <xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />

    <xsl:template match="kopete-history">
        <xsl:apply-templates select="msg"/>
    </xsl:template>

    <xsl:template match="msg">
        <xsl:text>(</xsl:text>
        <xsl:value-of select="translate(substring-after(@time,' '),':',',')"/>
        <xsl:text>) </xsl:text>
        <xsl:value-of select="@nick"/>
        <xsl:if test="not(@nick) or @nick = ">
            <xsl:value-of select="@from"/>
        </xsl:if>
        <xsl:text>: </xsl:text>
        <xsl:value-of select="."/>
		<xsl:text>
</xsl:text>
    </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>
</nowiki>
  • Create ~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin_filename.xslt with this code:
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
    <xsl:output method="text" indent="no" />

    <xsl:template match="kopete-history">
        <xsl:value-of select="head/contact[@type = 'myself']/@contactId"/>
        <xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
        <xsl:value-of select="head/contact[not(@type)]/@contactId"/>
        <xsl:text>/</xsl:text>
        <xsl:value-of select="head/date/@year"/>
        <xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
        <xsl:if test="head/date/@month &lt; 10">0</xsl:if>
        <xsl:value-of select="head/date/@month"/>
        <xsl:text>-</xsl:text>
        <xsl:if test="string-length(substring-before(msg[1]/@time,' ')) &lt; 2">0</xsl:if>
        <xsl:value-of select="translate(msg[1]/@time,' :','.')"/>
        <xsl:text>+0200EET.txt</xsl:text>
    </xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>
  • Execute the command in the shell:
~/bin/history_import_kopete2pidgin.sh

See also