idle detection

Richard Laager rlaager at
Thu Aug 2 02:31:09 EDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-08-01 at 21:24 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
> On 8/1/07, Peter Lawler <pidgin-devel at> wrote:
> > Dunno if it's been mentioned, but the Pidgin UI preference for changing
> > status is measured in minutes, so polling at anything less than this is
> > silly (unless it's seen internally in purple as seconds in which case
> > I'd suggest that's a bit silly, too)
> We poll on minute intervals to put you away.

This sounds misleading to me, so I'm going to attempt to clarify:

Unless you've changed the code or there's a bug (such as the hardcoded
IDLEMARK vs. the pref), we poll at the point where the logic will
register a change. For example, if you're supposed to go away after
being idle for 10 minutes and you've been idle for 2 minutes, we'll
check again in 8 minutes.

> The question is how often
> to poll to bring you back from away. I think that anything less than
> "as instant as possible" is wrong.

I don't see why you need to have this detected instantly.

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