Pidgin Crashes

Sam Hawkin gvrtest at
Thu May 14 02:37:07 EDT 2009

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&

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

Below is the debug messages from gdb.
   [root at srv1 ~]# gdb pidgin
   GNU gdb Fedora (6.8-27.el5)
   Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
   License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <
   This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it.
   There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.  Type "show
   and "show warranty" for details.
   This GDB was configured as "i386-redhat-linux-gnu"...
   (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]

- Ignored:
   [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.

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