Question about a new feature

1 2 putza17500 at
Wed Jul 3 02:19:19 EDT 2013

I know how to save all my logs I've done it several times now. My councern was that I have verry much files to transfer.
I was looking for some way to move almost all files in one bigger file and the logs to be accessible.

In theory I see the problem like this: instead of having a separate file for each separate conversation (10-15 files/id/day), I want to have something like 1 file/id/period of time (I should specify, maybe 1 month). I store also time in the log files and have them in txt format.

 From: John Bailey <rekkanoryo at>
To: 1 2 <putza17500 at>; support at 
Sent: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 4:36 AM
Subject: Re: Question about a new feature

On 07/02/2013 10:50 AM, Ethan Blanton wrote:
> I am moving this thread to support at, where it more properly
> belongs.
> 1 2 spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> I am using pidgin since 2009 and I am recording all conversations.
>> I have 5 mail accounts opened in the same time.
> This is common, and supported.
>> Can someone add a feature to zip all the logs? Let's say if the log
>> file is older then 1 month move it automaticly to the archive? I have
>> some small problems when I make a backup/restore to my operating
>> sistem (win2008 server)
> I'm sorry to hear that your OS and/or backup program is so limited.
> Unfortunately, this is not something that Pidgin handles, or should
> handle.  The way Pidgin logs are stored, this is trivially handled by
> an external program, and that would be our recommendation for this
> case.  If you were on a Unix system you could handle this with a cron
> job and a five line shell script.  On Windows, I don't know how you
> would accomplish the same thing, but I am sure there is a way.

In the vein of Ethan's response, a .bat file can be trivially written to do this
on Windows, like so:

    @echo off
    :: adjust these paths as appropriate
    set logdir=%APPDATA%\.purple
    set archivedir=C:\archive

    cd %logdir%

    :: Comment out the line for the log format you DON'T use
    forfiles /d -31 /m *.html /c "cmd /c move @file %archivedir%"
    forfiles /d -31 /m *.txt /c "cmd /c move @file %archivedir%"

(Note to Windows XP users:  forfiles is not part of the OS.  Get it from the
resource kit or from a Windows Server 2003 system.)

Schedule the task to run as desired.  Server 2008's new task scheduler adds some
scheduling features that finally make it match cron's flexibility on UNIX-like

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