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Thread: Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Arrow Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

    Yahoo ! Inc practically blocked all the Linux IM clients like pidgin,kopete. We all thought it might be some problems that has disabled us to log in but the story behind it is different. Yahoo has changed its login method which has made Instant messenger clients for linux to connect with yahoo protocol.

    Anyways to every problem there are solutions. Follow the following steps to make your pidgin work with ubuntu 8.04 or ubuntu 9.04

    I assume that you have pidgin installed already. Incase not please install pidgin using your favourite package manager.

    Step 1 : Save this key (Right click and then select save link as )

    Step 2 : Go to system >> Administration >> Software sources >>
    enter the password if asked and then go to "Third Party Software " Click on the "Add" button and pase the line below depending on your ubuntu distribution.

    Ubuntu 9.10

    deb karmic main

    Ubuntu 9.04

    deb jaunty main

    Ubuntu 8.10

    deb intrepid main

    Step 4 : Go to "Authentication," click the "Import Key File" (this file is the one which you saved it just before ). Navigate to the location where you saved this file.

    Step 5 : Update your system . Go to terminal and then click on sudo apt-get update or
    go to system >> administration >> Update Manager

    Step 6: Close pidgin (if its currently logged in ) and then sign in your yahoo account.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Manchester, NH, USA

    Re: Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

    Thank you for your tip. Job well done.

    As for Yahoo!, my response to the two latest issues of them making their protocol incompatible has been even simpler. I have stopped using Yahoo! Messenger, and all Yahoo! products. It was much easer than I thought.

    Too bad for them, really. I've become a real Google power user, and Yahoo! needs people like us to promote them to our less technical friends. Oh well.

    Again, thank you for your help to others on this issue!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009

    Re: Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

    Yeah, I remember this problem.
    It's not ubuntu, I don't believe.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2008

    Re: Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Malta Europe
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    Re: Yahoo log in problem in pidgin (Ubuntu Distribution)????

    I followed the instructions as in

    But unfortunately I had this message. (I'm using Ubuntu 8.10)

    E: Malformed line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pidgin-ppa.list (dist parse)
    E: The list of sources could not be read.
    Go to the repository dialog to correct the problem.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    How can I solve it?

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