Recovering Log or Buddylist

Ethan Blanton elb at
Thu Nov 9 13:24:47 EST 2017

David Woolley wrote:
> On 09/11/17 16:18, Richard Hector wrote:
> > If my phone company in New Zealand goes away, that doesn't mean your
> > phone number in Texas is now useless - I can get a new connection from a
> > new company, and call you as before.
> Instant messaging systems aren't interconnected in the way that phone
> companies are.  A better analogy is that, if all voice phones cease to
> operate, you can still send paper mail to your postal address in Texas. Some
> IM services use addresses that only they can use, like the phone number,
> others allow you to use the equivalent of looking you up in the phone
> directory every time.

XMPP behaves exactly as Richard stated.  When ddg shut off, for
example, I moved some of my ddg contacts to my own XMPP server and was
none the worse for the wear.


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