pidgin crashes

Sam Hawkin gvrtest at
Thu May 14 01:10:30 EDT 2009

Below is the debug messages from gdb.

[root at srv1 ~]# gdb pidgin
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(gdb)  handle SIGPIPE nostop noprint
Signal        Stop      Print   Pass to program Description
SIGPIPE       No        No      Yes             Broken pipe
(gdb) run
Starting program: /usr/local/bin/pidgin
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 0xb7f5c6d0 (LWP 31075)]

(pidgin:31075): Gdk-CRITICAL **: gdk_display_get_name: assertion
`GDK_IS_DISPLAY (display)' failed
Pidgin 2.5.4

** (pidgin:31075): WARNING **: cannot open display: unset

Program exited with code 01.

Any help on this issue is highly appreciated.


On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 7:53 PM, Sam Hawkin <gvrtest at> wrote:

> Hi All,
> I using pidgin to send messages, I am trying it
> out in head less mode.
> I noticed that it was crashing in between.
> Before restarting I have looked for any old instances
> running, but I could not find none and I restarted afresh.
> I am following below steps to start pidgin in head less mode.
> 1) If dbus session is not present.
> eval `dbus-launch --auto-syntax`
> 2) If Xvfb is not present.
>   Xvfb :1 -screen 0 800x600x24&
> 3)
> export DISPLAY=localhost:1.0
> DISPLAY=localhost:1.0 pidgin -c Yahoo! -m &
> Can any one suggest us what might be the problem, and possible solution to
> it.
> Best Regards,
> Nagesh.
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