Introduction to Pidgin
Pidgin is a Gtk+ 2 instant
messaging client that can connect with a wide range of networks
including AIM, ICQ, GroupWise, MSN, Jabber, IRC, Napster,
Gadu-Gadu, SILC, Zephyr and Yahoo!
This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-7.10
libgcrypt-1.7.3, GStreamer-1.8.3 (required for audio support),
and GnuTLS-3.5.3 or NSS-3.26
SSL support is required for the MSN Messenger, Yahoo!, Novel
Groupwise and Google Talk protocol plugins. GnuTLS is the preferred method (the Mozilla
NSS API is more likely to change and this can cause problems).
Avahi-0.6.32 (required for the Bonjour plugin),
Check-0.10.0 (only used during the test suite),
Cyrus SASL-2.1.26, D-Bus-1.10.10,
(required, if you wish to run the test suite), NetworkManager-1.4.0, SQLite-3.14.1 (required for the Contact
Availability Prediction plugin), startup-notification-0.12,
Tcl-8.6.6, Tk-8.6.6, Evolution
Data Server, Farstream
(Version 0.1) (required for video and voice support), Gtkspell,
(required for Sametime protocol support), SILC Client, SILC Toolkit, Zephyr, and
MIT Kerberos V5-1.14.3 (required for
Kerberos support in the Zephyr module),
User Notes: http://wiki.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/wiki/pidgin
Installation of Pidgin
If you wish to run the test suite, make sure that libidn-1.33
is installed and remove the switch “--disable-idn”. Compile Pidgin by running the following commands:
./configure --prefix=/usr \
If you have Doxygen-1.8.11 installed (Graphviz-2.38.0 can be used also) and you
wish to create the API documentation, issue: make docs.
Remember the remarks before configure. To test the results,
issue: make check.
Now, as the
make install &&
mkdir -pv /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.11.0 &&
cp -v README doc/gtkrc-2.0 /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.11.0
If you created the API documentation, install it using the
following commands as the
mkdir -pv /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.11.0/api &&
cp -v doc/html/* /usr/share/doc/pidgin-2.11.0/api
This package installs icon files into the
/usr/share/icons/hicolor hierarchy and desktop
files into the
/usr/share/applications hierarchy. You can
improve system performance and memory usage by updating
perform the update you must have GTK+-2.24.30 or
GTK+-3.20.9 installed (for the icon cache) and
desktop-file-utils-0.23 (for the
desktop cache) and issue the following commands as the
--with-gstreamer=1.0: Remove this
switch and add
you've not installed GStreamer-1.8.3.
--disable-avahi: Remove this switch if
you've installed Avahi-0.6.32.
Remove this switch if you've installed Gtkspell.
--disable-meanwhile: Remove this switch
if you've installed Meanwhile.
--disable-idn: Remove this switch if
you've installed libidn-1.33.
--disable-nm: Remove this switch if
you've installed NetworkManager-1.4.0.
--disable-vv: Video and voice. Remove
this switch if you've installed Farstream
--disable-tcl: Remove this switch if
you've installed Tcl-8.6.6.
--enable-cyrus-sasl: Use this switch if
you've installed Cyrus SASL-2.1.26 and wish to build
Pidgin with SASL support.
--disable-gnutls: Use this switch if
you've got both GnuTLS-3.5.3 and NSS-3.26 installed, but
want to use NSS-3.26 for the SSL support.
Most configuration can be accomplished by using the various
preference settings inside the programs. Additionally, you can
~/.gtkrc-02 file which can
store gtk+-2 theme settings that affect Pidgin and other Gtk+ 2 applications. Note
that an example
gtkrc-02 file was
installed during the package installation and can be used as a
starting point or reference.
finch, pidgin, purple-client-example,
purple-remote, purple-send, purple-send-async, and
libgnt.so, libpurple.so, and
/usr/include/libpurple, /usr/include/pidgin, /usr/lib/finch,
/usr/lib/gnt, /usr/lib/pidgin, /usr/lib/purple-2,
/usr/share/purple, and /usr/share/sounds/purple
is a text-based instant messaging client.
is a GTK+ 2 instant
is an example that demonstrate how to use
libpurple-client to communicate with purple.
send remote commands to Pidgin/Finch.
calls purple API functions using DBus and prints the
calls purple API functions using DBus. As opposed to
purple-send, it does
not print the return value.
is a python script to handle URL with purple.
Last updated on 2016-09-05 12:13:49 -0700