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How to keep buddy list locally ?

sun-flower
2007-10-11
2013-01-14
  • sun-flower
    sun-flower
    2007-10-11

    Using Pidgin 2.2.1, buddy list becomes not to keep localy.
    Means if accessing messaging server via another chat software, pidgin buddy list is reflected and updated.
    I want to keep individual buddy list per pidgin and per machine.
    How to keep buddy list locally ?

     
    • Etan Reisner
      Etan Reisner
      2007-10-11

      You don't do that with pidgin on any of the services for which pidgin supports the server side list, which is most of them.

       
      • siiix
        siiix
        2007-10-11

        i have 2.0.2 installed and i do have a few local buddies, at least i see some yahoo and icq ones

        now i do not know how to add them or why i would  even need that, but if i chose to see offline buddies the local ones should up with a red circle next to them, with means to me that pidgin still has this feature

        i'm guessing in my case they there because i use lot of different computers with different messengers, maybe i deleted some buddies from the server with yahoo or icq or trilian or miranda, so pidgin did not notice the change and they still in the local list ?! so there IS a local list somewhere... and i highly doubt there is a pidgin server, so it must be on the harddrive

        but i think you cant save your budylist as file like you could in gaim or aim...so far i know

         
        • Etan Reisner
          Etan Reisner
          2007-10-11

          I think one of us misunderstood what he meant by 'local' buddies. I thought he was indicating that he wanted to be able to add people to his buddy list but only for the pidgin on one machine, and that he didn't want to see that buddy on other machines when he used them. That is not possible with pidgin. pidgin syncs to the server-side list on every change as it is made.

          The Buddies->Show Offline Buddies option just turns on display of users that pidgin knows about and which are not online. The servers report those buddies to you as part of your buddy list even when they are offline.

          pidgin does keep a local copy of the buddies in your list (in blist.xml) but does so only to allow for storing of local aliases, local settings, and inter-account buddy and group ordering. It does not use that as an authoritative copy of the buddy list and changes to blist.xml will not get pushed to the server.

           
          • siiix
            siiix
            2007-10-11

            "Show Offline Buddies option just turns on display of users that pidgin knows about and which are not online. The servers report those buddies to you as part of your buddy list even when they are offline."

            i dont know about the "appear offline for local list" part, because thats a technicality(but if i think about it you right), but the rest is what i was thinking too.

            now see screenshoot and note "note on server list":
            <img border="0" src="http://home.arcor.de/siiix/pidgin.gif">

             
            • Etan Reisner
              Etan Reisner
              2007-10-11

              Yes, that is essentially an indication of a synchronization bug between pidgin and the server. That's not 'keeping a machine specific buddy list' because pidgin doesn't intentionally do that or support putting buddies into such a state.

               
    • siiix
      siiix
      2007-10-11

      sorry cant edit the above.. so i add:

      my point being .. when its "not on the server list" where is it then ? this is why i'm still thinking there must be some local list somewhere.

      the 2nd reason is that you can now group together your contacts, with means that when the same parson runs tons of different screenanemes and messengers now they will aper online only on ONE if you set up the buddylist that way, now that information has to be stored locally as well... if it can store that, then there has to be room for local single contacts as well

       
      • Etan Reisner
        Etan Reisner
        2007-10-11

        Yes, which is why I said "pidgin does keep a local copy of the buddies in your list (in blist.xml) but does so only to allow for storing of local aliases, local settings, and inter-account buddy and group ordering. It does not use that as an authoritative copy of the buddy list and changes to blist.xml will not get pushed to the server." in a previous post.

         
      • Etan Reisner
        Etan Reisner
        2007-10-11

        And again, I did not understand his question to be "Does pidgin keep a copy of my buddy list somewhere on my local hard drive so I can look at it or back it up?" but rather "Can I get pidgin to not use the server side lists so that my buddy list is different when I am on different machines?" to which the answer is 'No'.

         

  • Anonymous
    2012-01-16

    How do I synchronize the local list to the server list?

    Or… another question… what do I do if changes made in pidgin (moving buddies from one group to another using yahoo protocol) are not synchronized to the server?

    I use Pidgin 2.10. Thank you.