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Pidgin is a multi-protocol instant-messaging client which I use for all my MSN/Google Talk/IRC communication. Apart from offering adept support for all of these protocols (and plenty others as well), Pidgin also provides decent logging support. However, I’m not at all interested in having my daily MSN conversations recorded. On the other hand, I prefer having my previous IRC chats with me for reference. Right now, Pidgin does not support any options in the Preferences which would allow me to selectively turn on logging based on the protocols I’m using. If I turn it on for chat windows, it also starts producing logs for every MSN chat I participate in.
Most of the people wouldn’t/don’t see any issue with this behavior. For those who do want to keep a history of their conversations only for particular protocols, here’s a quick workaround for doing it:
- Check the appropriate options under the “Logging” tab in Preferences window.
- Have a few chats the likes of which you’d prefer being logged.
- Go to the directory containing Pidgin logs (default is
[user@host ~]$ cd ~/.purple/logs/
- See whether the protocols you want to be logged have a directory named for them:
- Remove the protocols you do not want to have logs for (in my case, MSN):
[user@host logs]$ rm -rf msn
- Change directory permissions to stop new protocols from getting logged:
[user@host logs]$ chmod 500 .
And you’re done. Now, whenever you start a conversation in a protocol which does not have a respective directory in
~/.purple/logs, you’ll see a “Logging failed” error message in the conversation window. For other (allowed) protocols, logging will work as expected. To turn off selective logging, reset directory permissions with:
[user@host ~]$ chmod 600 ~/.purple/logs/
It is also possible to apply the same workaround on contacts. For example … :
[user@host ~]$ cd ~/.purple/logs/msn/
[user@host msn]$ ls
[user@host msn]$ rm -rf firstname.lastname@example.org
[user@host msn]$ chmod 500 .
… will disable logging for all MSN contacts including email@example.com, but will record everything communicated with firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the previous example, you just have to reset directory permissions to re-enable nondiscriminatory logging:
[user@host ~]$ chmod 600 ~/.purple/logs/msn/
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“Mammon slept. And the beast reborn spread over the earth and its numbers grew legion. And they proclaimed the times and sacrificed crops unto the fire, with the cunning of foxes. And they built a new world in their own image as promised by the sacred words, and spoke of the beast with their children. Mammon awoke, and lo! it was naught but a follower.” — from The Book of Mozilla, 11:9 (10th Edition)
I guess the surprise is over, allowing me to label the results as “consistent”:
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