Pidgin Tips

Building Pidgin (Linux)

This build was done on Debian 5.0 (Lenny) and Pidgin version 2.7.5

-- Frank Dean - 6 Nov 2010

Uninstall any pidgin or libpurple packages. The following command will list potential candidates:

   $ aptitude search '~d(pidgin|libpurple)' | egrep '^i'

Install the following packages:

   $ sudo aptitude install gettext libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libxml2-dev libxml-perl libperl-dev

also the following optional ones:

libgnutls28-dev libgtkspell-dev libxss-dev libstartup-notification0-dev \
libgstreamer0.10-dev tcl-dev tk-dev libmeanwhile-dev libavahi-glib-dev \
libdbus-glib-1-dev network-manager-dev libidn11-dev libavahi-client-dev \

Run configure, make and make install:

   $ ./configure --disable-vv
   $ make
   $ sudo make install
   $ sudo ldconfig


Unable to validate certificate


Fails to connect even though network is available

If NetworkManager is being used but not managing the active interface, Pidgin may not attempt connections. Try running Pidgin with the -f, --force-online option.

    $ pidgin -f


-- Frank Dean - 14 Jan 2010