Windows 7 plugin won't load.

Daniel Atallah daniel.atallah at
Wed Oct 6 16:49:23 EDT 2010

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 16:24, Daniel Grubbs <dgrubbs at> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I've got a pidgin plugin with a mysterious problem.  It runs fine if I start
> pidgin from a cygwin command prompt, but it won't load if I start pidgin
> normally. The debug output is:
> (16:01:21) plugins: probing C:\Program Files
> (x86)\Dexrex\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll
> (16:01:21) plugins: C:\Program Files (x86)\Dexrex\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll is
> not loadable: `C:\Program Files (x86)\Dexrex\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll': The
> specified module could not be found.
> (16:01:21) plugins: Unable to find saved plugin C:\Program Files
> (x86)\Dexrex\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll
> It seems that the plugin is not being loaded correctly at
> .\libpurple\plugin.c line 257:
> plugin->handle = g_module_open(filename, G_MODULE_BIND_LOCAL);
> I have tried putting the plugin in different locations such as:
> C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\plugins\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll
> C:\Users\Dan\AppData\Roaming\.purple\plugins\DexrexPidginPlugin.dll
> Again, it works fine if pidgin is started under cygwin.
> I'm pretty sure this all used to work...  Ok, I just checked. It still works
> fine on Windows Vista with Pidgin 2.5.4.  But it doesn't work on my home
> machine with Windows 7 and Pidgin 2.5.6.  (I think it was some version like
> that.  I'll check when I get home.)  So the problem seems to be just on
> Windows 7.  (It also seems to work fine with Vista and Pidgin 2.7.3. I just
> checked.)
> Any ideas?
> Dan Grubbs

The problem is probably that some dependency of the plugin isn't being found.

Using Dependency Tracker ( on the
plugin dll will show what it is linked to.


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