Upgrading from GAIM

Mark Doliner mark at kingant.net
Thu Aug 13 12:23:27 EDT 2009

I'm guessing you're just not using a recent enough version of Pidgin.
Yahoo changed their protocol recently and we had to change Pidgin to
allow it to continue to work.  Pidgin 2.5.8 should work.  I'm
surprised that Gaim still connects.

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On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 9:08 AM, Mike Webb<weeble7591 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello, Mark. I tried the "delete .purple and launch Pidgin" route, and
> it MOSTLY worked, except that I couldn't connect on the Y!M (Yahoo!
> Messenger) protocol. It still works fine (for now) with GAIM, but acts
> like it's trying to connect but failing on Pidgin. So I'm close, but
> no banana.
> BTW, I'm aware of the issues involving logging in as root. That
> happens to be the default in Puppy (it autologs me in) and I've never
> been up to messing with it. I may be installing Xubuntu in the near
> future, in which case I'll be setting up a root and a user account.
> Next idea? Thanks.
> One more thing; when it installed, it did come up with a whole mess of
> missing dependencies. I'm not sure how serious those are; I had the
> same result when installing Firefox 3.5, but it's not given me a lick
> of trouble.
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM, Mark Doliner<mark at kingant.net> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 7:45 AM, Mike Webb<weeble7591 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2009 17:59:17 -0700
>>>> From: Mark Doliner <mark at kingant.net>
>>>> Subject: Re: Upgrading from GAIM
>>>> Pidgin attempts to migrate all your settings from Gaim.  So you
>>>> shouldn't need to do anything special--your settings and accounts
>>>> should all be imported automatically.
>>> Thanks for your quick responses. Since the settings and all were not
>>> imported from GAIM when I started (all I get on Pidgin startup is a
>>> prompt to set up accounts), I presume that the .pet file (Puppy Linux'
>>> distribution file) simply dumped the program files into the
>>> appropriate places and did not run an install routine. So I'm back to
>>> where I started. The program is in place, but no data has been
>>> copied/converted/moved/whatever from GAIM.
>>> In a regular Pidgin install routine, would the files simply be copied
>>> from .gaim to .pidgin?
>> I think it's a bit more complicated than that, but I don't remember
>> the specifics.
>>> I note that there is presently a /root/.gaim
>>> directory but not a /root/.pidgin directory.
>> The new directory is ./root/purple  Also, it's generally suggested
>> that you use root only when needed, and to log in as a normal user the
>> rest of the time.  Using root makes it more likely that an accidental
>> or malicious command could break something on your system.
>>> I'm presuming that I will
>>> need to move the data over manually, but don't know if importing is a
>>> simple drag-and-drop or if there is a file format conversion involved.
>>> Where do I go from here? If someone's able and willing to walk me thru
>>> the process off-list, I'd appreciate it. I have AIM, Y!M and MSN
>>> accounts so we could talk thru any of them. Thanks again!
>> If you haven't configured anything in Pidgin yet, you can try exiting,
>> deleting your current /root/.pidgin directory, then starting Pidgin
>> again and letting it import from the now existent /root/.gaim
>> -Mark

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