Characters such as "ö" or "ü" in status description crash Pidgin

Ethan Blanton elb at
Sat May 10 14:59:28 EDT 2008

Adam spake unto us the following wisdom:
> When I enter those characters by myself it doesn't crash.
> Also when MusicTracker enters them, it crashes Pidgin. And then makes Pidgin
> forget all IM account settings and forces me to set up everything again.
> I found that by editing ACCOUNTS.XML file to remove just those characters
> from statuses it makes Pidgin work fine again with all my IM accounts like
> they were set before.

It sounds like MusicTracker is passing non-UTF-8 text to an internal
Pidgin/purple routine.  This is a bug in the plugin.  You should
report it to the plugin authors.


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for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
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