Identifying Pidgin client from packet trace

Ethan Blanton elb at
Fri Jul 4 22:51:08 EDT 2008

Sanjay Raghani spake unto us the following wisdom:
> While using Pidgin to connect to Yahoo, is there some property/field in the
> packet on the basis of which Pidigin client can be differtiated from a Yahoo
> client?
> Something like user agent or any other property in the protocol packets.
> Or in other words, from a packet trace, is there some way to identify that
> the login was from a pidgin client?

If there is, and you find it, it's probably a bug, so let us know.  ;-)

We try very hard to look like the official client in every way.  There
are bound to be differences where we've missed something or messed up,
but they are unintentional.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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