Bonjour Problems

Richard Laager rlaager at
Wed Mar 25 17:16:10 EDT 2009

On Wed, 2009-03-25 at 17:04 -0400, Chris Hearns wrote:
> I can’t just have 50 users in the bonjour group.

Moving Bonjour buddies out of the special group is not very well
supported, as you've found. While it'd be possible to improve this (and
I would accept patches that do so), the big design issue here is that
Bonjour buddies are transient. A Bonjour buddy named "Bob" on one
network is not necessarily the same as "Bob" on another. Contrast that
with something like AIM where "Bob" is always the same user (unless he
closes his account and someone else re-uses the username).

Alternatively, you could run an internal XMPP server. If you really want
to do IM without a server, you'll either have to live with this
limitation, write patches to fix Pidgin, or use another client.

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