Automerging buddies

Jorge Villaseñor salinasv at
Mon Nov 1 12:00:40 EDT 2010

On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 5:16 PM, Ivan Komarov <ivan.komarov at> wrote:
> Hi,
> Currently, when multiple buddies with the same name appear in the
> buddy list, we prompt the user if he wants to merge them into one
> contact. I'd like to implement a setting (something like
> “Automatically merge buddies with the same name”), which, when
> activated, would merge existing buddies with the same name and do the
> same for future buddies without prompting the user.

How it would behave with "common names" such as "John"? I do have few
buddies which uses their natural name as identifier. In a quick view
of my buddy list I have found at least two cases where I have two
buddies with the same name and they are different persons.

A possible way to overcome this missbehavior without needing to
disable this feature could be to have some user defined "blacklist"
which can have this common names.

> The problem I'm trying to solve is that I have multiple installations
> of Pidgin (at work, at home, at my laptop, at my friend's, etc.), and
> it's very annoying to have to merge the contacts manually every time I
> use a new installation. I could carry around my ~/.purple with me, but
> this is not very convenient. Also, I want it to be in the core and not
> in a plugin, since sometimes I have no possibility or intention to
> install any plugins (when I'm using my friend's computer, for
> example).
> I know a couple of my friends and I would use such a setting, but I'm
> not sure if everyone is OK with adding it to the core. Please feel
> free to respond to this mail with any kind of feedback. Maybe my
> problem has a better/cleaner solution, feel free to point that out.
> --
> Ivan Komarov
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