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    Problems starting Pidgin

    I have Pidgin 2.10.3 (libpurple 2.10.6) and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    When I want to start Pidgin the icon appears in Unity but not the window, to open the Pidgin window I have to click "quit" in laucher and start it again, only after trying 2 times I can open the Pidgin window, (Buddy List).

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Have you tried purging Pidgin and then reinstalling? Would this be an option to purge it off your system and then try to reinstall?

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    I am facing the same problem too. The pidgin window never comes up though it shows the logo in the task bar. What I do is, I use the kill command to kill it manually - supplying the process id; and then open it. It is really annoying since I have to do it everytime when I open up pidgin. Any solution?

    Quote Originally Posted by daslinkard View Post
    Have you tried purging Pidgin and then reinstalling? Would this be an option to purge it off your system and then try to reinstall?
    Could you please let me know how to do the same?

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Update: Purged and reinstalled. Will update the status here - if it is working properly or in the same state.

    EDIT: Commands I used-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge pidgin
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install pidgin
    Last edited by illegal; October 5th, 2012 at 09:01 PM.

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Quote Originally Posted by illegal View Post
    Update: Purged and reinstalled. Will update the status here - if it is working properly or in the same state.

    EDIT: Commands I used-
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge pidgin
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install pidgin
    These commands should get you where you need to be...let me know if they work for you.

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Quote Originally Posted by daslinkard View Post
    These commands should get you where you need to be...let me know if they work for you.
    Unfortunately, after a restart, things are back to square one. It just shows the Pidgin logo on the taskbar and I've kill it manually and restart inorder to see the Pidgin window and login. Any workaround/solution? This thing is bugging me a lot.

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Quote Originally Posted by illegal View Post
    Unfortunately, after a restart, things are back to square one. It just shows the Pidgin logo on the taskbar and I've kill it manually and restart inorder to see the Pidgin window and login. Any workaround/solution? This thing is bugging me a lot.
    I was gone all day yesterday and will be working on a solution for you later today!

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Quote Originally Posted by daslinkard View Post
    I was gone all day yesterday and will be working on a solution for you later today!
    Thanks man!
    Btw, is this a common bug? Or a less frequent one? I guess many people should be facing the same (?)

    Could you please suggest me a good GTalk client other than Pidgin and Empathy? I would like to try

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    What happens when you go to the terminal and call up pidgin that way?
    Code:
    pidgin
    I had a similar issue with Skype not too long ago and this was one work around for me.

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    Re: Problems starting Pidgin

    Quote Originally Posted by daslinkard View Post
    What happens when you go to the terminal and call up pidgin that way?
    Code:
    pidgin
    I had a similar issue with Skype not too long ago and this was one work around for me.
    Since I am already running Pidgin now, it says:
    Exiting because another libpurple client is already running.
    I used to call Pidgin this way too (tried it when I started noticing this problem), but the result used to be the same.

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