MSN 'unable to retrieve MSN Address Book'

Michael Pobega pobega at
Mon Jan 12 09:08:53 EST 2009

On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 06:15:53AM +0000, Ananda Samaddar wrote:
> Hi all, long time Pidgin user here having problems with connecting to
> MSN.  The error message I get is as the subject suggests:
> 'unable to retrieve MSN Address Book'.
> I've got no idea why this is happening or how to fix it.  I've already
> Googled the error and it seems like I'm not the only one having problems:
> This seems to affect all libpurple based clients including Adium.  I've
> already had a look at the mailing list archives and no-one seems to have
> posted about this issue.  It seems to have started occurring literally
> in the last twenty-four hours as well.
> thanks,
> Ananda

Just thought I'd throw this out there; Debian Lenny, Pidgin 2.4.3, no
problems connecting to MSN. Perhaps something in the newest version
broke compatibility?
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