Pidgin is not fetching messages

David Woolley forums at
Tue Oct 22 03:27:00 EDT 2013

On 22/10/13 07:59, Frank Lanitz wrote:
> Am 22.10.2013 06:15, schrieb Ethan Hogue:
>> Hello,
>> I'm having a problem with Pidgin (maybe).  The only time that I can get
>> new IMs from facebook, gtalk, etc. is when Pidgin is open and connected.
>> For instance, if my computer is off when a friend sends me a message,
>> then I turn on my computer and open pidgin, there's no message there.
>> It's very annoying to have to open the website to check if I've received
>> new messages.  Is this by design?  Am I doing something wrong?
> I cannot say for sure but this sounds a bit like an issue on server side.

That would be my thought to.  Also, it may be a limitation of XMPP, as 
it is an instant message protocol and store and forward, is really the 
role of an email protocol (which have existed for decades before IM).

(Services like Facebook blur the distinction, because they want all your 
communications to go through them, to maximise their data mining, and 
opportunities to present adverts.

Actually SMTP is perfectly capable of doing IM as well; it just lacks 
the presence features.  I sometimes wonder when IT departments will spot 
this merging of IM and email and start requiring 20 line confidentiality 
notices on each IM message!)

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