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Bug in Pidgin 2.4.1 with Ubuntu (8.04) Patch


I’ve installed the latest pidgin (currently 2.4.1) using default repo from ubuntu 8.04 and i’ve found a bug. If my Yahoo Messenger buddy invisible and suddenly he/she appear online with status, I’m not be able to see they appear online until he/she change her/his status to available (with no status).

I’ve done several tests and finally come out with this solution: Compile it from source without ubuntu patch.

First, remove your old Pidgin configuration files and update your package list

rm -dfr ~/.purple
sudo apt-get update

Now install build-essential

sudo apt-get install build-essential

Now install the Pidgin’s dependencies

sudo apt-get build-dep pidgin

Ok.. you need to download the original pidgin source code

wget http://heanet.dl.sourceforge.net/sourceforge/pidgin/pidgin-2.4.1.tar.bz2

Extract the file and enter the extracted directory

tar -jxvf pidgin-2.4.1.tar.bz2
cd pidgin-2.4.1

Run configure with –enable-gnutls=yes because it is required for MSN and Google Talk

./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-gnutls=yes

In my case (Intel Pentium Core Duo), I’ve enable CFLAGS options for processor optimization

CFLAGS="-march=prescott -O2 -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer" ./configure --prefix=/usr --enable-gnutls=yes

You can simply use the command without the CFLAGS above, or if you want to optimize the pidgin to suit your processor, you can refer to Safe_Cflags page (yeah.. I’m a fanatic Gentoo user)

Now, run make and it will start compiling. Owh ya, it gonna takes some time


Finally, become root and run make install

sudo make install


Ubuntu 8.04 is a mistake!

Thanks to Munzir, Adib and Yeh. They are my tester. Hahaha..
Gentoo wiki for the CFLAGS

Job Vacancy For Technical Support Specialist at Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn. Bhd.


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This is not just a reactive role, your expertise will be valued in helping us improve what we do through problem management and reviewing our processes and data to make sure that our services continually meet contracted levels of performance. Sharing your knowledge effectively within the team; briefing new hires, reviewing and addressing team performance issues will also be critical.

Those who are interested, please email rodong koi (my friend) to: mij [at] irwan.name

Your email should contain:

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Hhuhuhu… Gud luck guys!

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Microsoft Windows XP SP3


April 29, 2008, Microsoft has publicly release the security update for Windows XP known as Microsoft Windows XP SP3. You can download it [here].

Windows XP SP3 running on VM

For those who are around Melaka, KL and Pahang who want to get a copy of Microsoft Windows XP SP3 bundled in a fresh installation of Windows XP, you can come and see me and don’t forget to bring an empty CD.

I’ve generate a new Windows XP ISO integrated SP3 using nLite, and for those who interested to do it by yourself, you can refer to xanda – /dev/project, follow the step, but dont forget to download and import your service pack