No notification of being added by MSN users

Asked by Kimberly K on 2011-01-26

This problem only seems to happen with hotmail or live users. If they add me, I do not receive any notification/authentication and I can't see them. It's not until I add them that I can see them. I have looked at all the preferences on both pidgin and even on the messenger web page and can't find anything I could change. I've looked at some other solutions I've found on the web and there is supposed to be an option "Alert me when other people add me to their contact list". I have yet to find it. I have the privacy set so that anyone can contact me so it's not that. I don't get a notification e-mail either. It's as if I've not been added at all. I only know because they tell me they've added me.

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Can you give the output of:

uname -a; lsb_release -a; dpkg -l | grep pidgin

Thanks

Kimberly K (kimbis) said : #2

Linux k*******-laptop 2.6.32-27-generic #49-Ubuntu SMP Wed Dec 1 23:52:12 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid
ii pidgin 1:2.6.6-1ubuntu4.2 graphical multi-protocol instant messaging c
ii pidgin-data 1:2.6.6-1ubuntu4.2 multi-protocol instant messaging client - da
ii pidgin-libnotify 0.14-1ubuntu14 display notification bubbles in pidgin

Kimberly K (kimbis) said : #3

Btw....I upgraded to the latest version. Still can't find any preferences for this.

"Alert me when other people add me to their contact list" is an option in the official MSN Messenger client (i.e. Microsoft's proprietary freeware program called "MSN Messenger", for Windows), not in Pidgin.

It seems that Pidgin does not provide corresponding functionality for the MSN Messenger protocol. You could search the upstream* bug tracker for feature requests for this, and if you don't find one, submit one (read http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/TipsForBugReports first).

* "Upstream" means the Pidgin project itself (https://pidgin.im, http://developer.pidgin.im, http://developer.pidgin.im/query), rather than the pidgin package in Ubuntu (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin). You could submit a feature request as a bug report for pidgin in Ubuntu, but for this sort of thing (and most feature requests, where nothing about the request is in any way specific to Ubuntu), you're likely to have better luck submitting the request upstream instead. If you submitted it on Launchpad for pidgin in Ubuntu, it would just have to get elevated upstream to be considered, anyway.

Try:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get -y upgrade

Will give you 2.7.9

May be nicer

Kimberly K (kimbis) said : #6

Ok, Thank you!

I have 2.7.9 through that PPA, and I still don't have an option for this. (But perhaps it just does it automatically. I'm not very active on MSN, so I wouldn't know. It would be a good idea to upgrade to the PPA and see if that fixes the problem, before submitting a feature request.)

Kimberly K (kimbis) said : #8

Actually I did the update after I sent the request and it still hasn't fixed the problem.

If you have submitted a feature request, it would be useful to provide a link to it here, so that we (and anyone else who views this question) can readily access it.

Kimberly K (kimbis) said : #10

Sorry, I thought a feature request was this. I misunderstood.

For your convenience, after this paragraph I have pasted the information on submitting a feature request that I wrote before (so you don't have to scroll back up and pick it out of a post that talked about other stuff as well). If you submit a feature request, please first read both this and http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/TipsForBugReports carefully. Please feel free to post any questions here, if you don't understand the instructions or have any problems.

It seems that Pidgin does not provide corresponding functionality for the MSN Messenger protocol. You could search the upstream* bug tracker for feature requests for this, and if you don't find one, submit one (read http://developer.pidgin.im/wiki/TipsForBugReports first).

* "Upstream" means the Pidgin project itself (https://pidgin.im, http://developer.pidgin.im, http://developer.pidgin.im/query), rather than the pidgin package in Ubuntu (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin, https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin). You could submit a feature request as a bug report for pidgin in Ubuntu, but for this sort of thing (and most feature requests, where nothing about the request is in any way specific to Ubuntu), you're likely to have better luck submitting the request upstream instead. If you submitted it on Launchpad for pidgin in Ubuntu, it would just have to get elevated upstream to be considered, anyway.

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