Alternate AIM server address ignored?

Matthew S Wallace wallacem at
Tue Aug 4 08:37:30 EDT 2015

I’m trying to configure Pidgin (2.10.11-1) to connect to an IM proxy server (operated by Smarsh for compliance logging) and I’ve noticed two separate problems:

1.  If I do not have “Use client login” checked, it won’t connect.  This may very well be a problem/limitation with the proxy server.
2.  If I do have “Use client login” check, Pidgin seems to silently ignore the server address I’ve specified and connects to <> just fine.

For problem 1 - these are the relevant logs from the debug output:
(07:16:28) dnsquery: Performing DNS lookup for
(07:16:28) dns: Wait for DNS child 12352 failed: No child processes
(07:16:28) dns: Created new DNS child 12357, there are now 1 children.
(07:16:28) dns: Successfully sent DNS request to child 12357
(07:16:28) dns: Got response for ''
(07:16:28) dnsquery: IP resolved for
(07:16:28) proxy: Attempting connection to
(07:16:28) proxy: Connecting to with no proxy
(07:16:28) proxy: Connection in progress
(07:16:28) proxy: Connecting to
(07:16:28) proxy: Connected to
(07:16:28) oscar: connected to FLAP server of type 0x0017
(07:16:28) oscar: Username sent, waiting for response
(07:16:28) oscar: Scheduling destruction of FLAP connection 0x7f70ca6d0aa0 of type 0x0017
(07:16:28) oscar: Destroying FLAP connection 0x7f70ca6d0aa0
(07:16:28) oscar: Destroying oscar connection (0x7f70ca6d0aa0) of type 0x0017.  Disconnect reason is 2
(07:16:28) oscar: Disconnected.  Code is 0x0000 and msg is 
(07:16:28) connection: Connection error on 0x7f70ca6c9fa0 (reason: 0 description: Server closed the connection)

I think this is indicating that the server is just booting me - which is probably not related to pidgin.  The only thing I can’t figure out is that this connection works fine if I use AIM for Windows (  Note that I see the same problems using Pidgin for Windows.

For problem 2 - this seems like a bug.  It seems as though there is something about “Use client login” that necessitates using AOL’s server, but this should be indicated to the user.
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