Unicode emojis shown as tofu

Eion Robb eion at robbmob.com
Wed Aug 28 20:15:46 EDT 2019

Hi Alex,

The plugins might not load due to a bad version of libjson-glib that I
built. It was built in such a way that it won't work on newer versions of
gtk/glib. I've got a rebuilt json-glib dll that works with newer GTKs that
you're welcome to try and see if it works. I'll send through the link
shortly when I'm back at my computer

We're talking about whether or not to include a newer GTK in the next
Pidgin, but there are some downsides such as increased memory usage and
more leaking GDI handles. Emoji support is a key proponent of updating

Another option you can use is one of the unicode-emoji smiley themes, which
convert unicode emoji characters into a png image.


On Thu., 29 Aug. 2019, 12:04 , <pidgin at alexoren.com> wrote:

> I mentioned the issue on the purple-discord github, and was told that the
> reason was that Pidgin on Windows uses an old version of GTK that doesn't
> support emoji.
> The suggestion was to manually upgrade the version of GTK but after
> spending hours trying to make it work, I gave up.
> I started from the GTK download page, which says:
> "Note: These instructions are intended for developers wanting to create
> Windows applications based on GTK, not for end-users. On Windows, GTK
> applications are typically bundled with GTK already, so end-users do not
> need to worry about how to install GTK itself."
> Nevertheless, I tried following the directions and ended up with the whole
> MINGW -- all 1.3GB of binaries.  Replaced like-named DLLs in the GTP
> directory, chased DLL dependencies to find which additional ones need to be
> copied, replaced DLLs in the main Pidgin directory...  After many hours I
> got to the point that Pidgin loaded but all the plug-ins failed to load.
> At that point I gave up and reverted.
> Can anyone help?
> If it's just a question of building Pidgin with a newer version, why won't
> the development team (for the lack of a better term) do it?
> Thank you.
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