MSN connection error: Unable to retrieve MSN Address Book

Michael G. Leahy mgleahy at
Fri Jul 18 09:39:03 EDT 2008

Hello Stu,

Yes, I have been using msnp14 with 2.4.2/3 that I compiled, but no it was
not intentional that I left that out.  It didn't occur to me that it was the
cause, since I get the same error when I revert to 2.4.1 from the Fedora
repository, even when I start with a blank profile.  Is there something
besides ~/.purple that I should remove?


(Sorry Stu - forgot to copy to the list)

On Sat, Jul 19, 2008 at 1:26 AM, Stu Tomlinson <stu at> wrote:

> On Fri, 2008-07-18 at 21:59 +1200, Mike Leahy wrote:
> > When I finally did check Pidgin, I saw that my Messenger account was
> > disconnected (I also have Google-talk, and a (disabled) ICQ account
> > setup in Pidgin).  The reason for not being able to connect is the
> > error message in the subject: "Unable to retrieve MSN Address Book".
> The only reason you would get that error message ("Unable to retrieve
> MSN Address Book") would be if you were using the MSNP14 (or 15)
> protocol plugin, which is not supported in any Pidgin release yet. Also,
> none of the Fedora packages have it enabled.
> Did you intentionally omit to tell us that you were using this? Or did
> you forget? Maybe you can revert to using the packages for your OS?
> Regards,
> Stu.
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