changing the status using an external app

Luke Schierer lschiere at
Mon Nov 19 09:27:57 EST 2007

On Mon, Nov 19, 2007 at 12:30:06PM +0100, julien balas wrote:
> Hi,
> i'm quit new to pidgin and i'm searching a way to set the statut of 
> pidgin from the outside.
> Let say from a shell script
> - set the status to "watching a movie"
> - launch VLC
> - set the status to available
> I'm not searching to display the name of the currently played song or 
> movie, juste a way to say "don't disturb me".
> After some googling i found some webpages talking about gaim-remote and 
> pidgin-remote but can't find any information on theses utils.
> Best regards,
> -- 
> Julien Balas

you are looking for purple-remote, which requires that your version of
pidgin was built with dbus support.  You can check this in help->about
(towards the bottom).


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