Thursday, February 19, 2009

Pidgin bug -- update

After more than half of year after noticing the issue and getting frustrated with the "can't set new Yahoo! avatar in Pidgin" bug, it seems that things have finally gotten a move on!

Testing whether the avatar updates for the Yahoo protocol in Pidgin 2.5.4 -- this finally works, with no other user intervention! Just go to Accounts >> Manage accounts and change the display picture.

However, the previous version of Pidgin that I used, 2.4.1, didn't do that automatically. To sum it all up:

The workaround for the avatar not updating for the Yahoo! protocol for Pidgin builds prior to version 2.5.3, was to:

- quit pidgin;
- edit ~/.pidgin/accounts.xml, where I removed the values attached to the Yahoo! account, for the following settings: picture_url, picture_checksum, buddy_icon, picture_expire, and buddy_icon_timestamp.

The next time I ran it and set a picture, the values for the settings mentioned above were computed instantly and handled properly.

Also, the picture displayed as the user avatar on the Yahoo! servers looked fine:


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