Change Proxy in Pidgin

Mark Doliner mark at
Wed Jun 27 19:06:13 EDT 2007

On Thu, 28 Jun 2007 00:13:40 +0200, Charlie Blank wrote
> Hi,
>  I am using my computer at work and at home; my company requires to have
> a HTTP-Proxy configured in the system.
>  Is there any way to integrate a plugin/menu in Pidgin that enables 
> me to change the proxy by one single mouseclick:
> e.g. changing the proxy-settings to company proxy/no proxy for all of
> the Pidgin connections and initiate a reconnect?
> Or e.g. killing current pidgin - changing the value for the proxy in 
> the config-file and starting pidgin again?
> What would be the best approach? Do I need to write a plugin (I do have
> scripting expertise - but no professional C/C++ expertise) ?
> Any contributors willing to work together with me on a solution?
> Thanks for your comments.

I don't believe such a plugin exists.  I wonder how Gnome handles this?  It
would be cool if Pidgin just autodetected whether you needed a proxy or not. 
It seems like something similar to NetworkManager would be nice here...  I
find myself wishing Linux had a more universal "am I connected to a network?"
API.  Is there a way to do this in Windows?

You could do it as a plugin, but it would probably be pretty hard if you're
not familiar with C.


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