All my Pidgin accounts have disappeared

Barbara Kroczak Barbara.Kroczak at Sun.COM
Thu Apr 24 00:00:03 EDT 2008

Thanks Etan!

I actually recreated my 4 accounts and was thrilled to find that my 
buddies were more or less all there on the servers.  But I'll do what 
you suggest for next time!

Thanks again!

Etan Reisner wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 01:55:57PM -0700, Barbara Kroczak wrote:
>> I do have a accounts.xml file and a accounts.xml~ file in the
>> C:\Documents and Settings\Barbara Kroczak\Application Data\.purple folder.
>> What should I do with one of both of these?
> You'll need to open them both up in your favorite text editor and see if
> either of them contains your account information (a simple diff would be a
> good start if you have a file comparison tool available). Assuming one of
> the files is mostly complete you'll need to figure out if it is a valid
> xml file.
> The first thing you want to do is back both of those files up somewhere
> safe so that you don't lose anything they might happen to contain. Then
> if the accounts.xml~ file looks to be more-or-less complete you can try
> copying it as accounts.xml and seeing if pidgin loads your accounts
> correctly. There isn't much process to follow here, you just need to hope
> that one of the accounts.xml files contains your account data and that you
> can make it valid enough for pidgin to load (always making sure to keep a
> pristine backup of the originals so you can keep trying from).
>     -Etan

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