2.6.2 Fails To Start on XP

Daniel Atallah datallah at pidgin.im
Mon Sep 28 17:43:07 EDT 2009

On Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 16:48, Kirk Bocek <t004 at kbocek.com> wrote:
> Pidgin 2.6.2 fails to run under Windows XP. First I get:
> "The procedure entry point gdk_pixbuf_animation_new_from_file_utf8 could not
> be located in the dynamic link library libgdk_pixfug-2.0-0.dll"
> then
>  "Error loading pidgin.dll"
> I do have Cygwin installed on this host. I have tried guessing at various
> packages to install under Cygwin but have had no luck.
> Does anyone have any ideas?

Cygwin *shouldn't* be related unless you have added cygwin stuff to
your path (and there are libraries that have the same as the native
The fact that you're seeing the
"gdk_pixbuf_animation_new_from_file_utf8" function missing indicates
that this is likely what the problem is.

Pidgin isn't cygwin-dependent and adding cygwin packages will not fix
the problem.

I would suggest searching for the dll mentioned in the error message
to see where you have instances of it.

The pidgin debug output (see
http://d.pidgin.im/wiki/TipsForBugReports) may also be helpful.


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