Search IM Buddies

Stephen Eilert spedrosa at
Sat May 3 18:07:14 EDT 2008

The "new instant message"  command (bound to Control + M by default) 
will also do incremental searches.


Francois Botha wrote:
> Sascha Vogt wrote:
>> Hi,
>> David K. Bainbridge schrieb:
>>> I have been using Pidgin for a while and very much like the tool. One 
>>> problem I am having is that I have so many buddies in my list that it is 
>>> often difficult to locate the one I would like to find. I am aware that 
>>> I can use the "Add Buddy" buddy option to locate a buddy, but what I 
>>> would really find useful is a text field at the top/bottom of the buddy 
>>> list into which I can type a name/alias and that would filter the buddy 
>>> list based on matches. This would allow me to quickly locate the person 
>> There is something which might help you:
>> Try typing while you have the buddy list active. A little search window
>> should pop up and the first match should be selected.
>> To cycle through the matches use your mouse scroll-wheel or I think
>> PageUp and PageDown should also do the trick.
>> HTH
>> Greetings
>> -Sascha-
> AFAIK, a bug in the GTK stuff made this feature useless (at least on 
> Win32).  I also remember a previous request for a more fully fledged 
> buddy search function, which I second.
> regards,
> Francois
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