David G. lightman at
Sun Jul 10 18:53:37 EDT 2016

Thanks.  I didn't know about that plug-in but it looks like it probably
has the options I need to adjust the appearance.  Part of the problem is
that it's unclear to an end-user which approach they should be using.
The themes don's seem to be supported well and that's confusing, with
these other options to configure it.
I tried disabling "Close IMs" and that seems to prevent it from creating
a new file every time I close the window.  So, that might be good enough
but I may still want to check out the SQLite option.
Is there a way to adjust the layout/format of messages?  Right now it's
showing <timestamp> <user>/<resource>: <message>
I'd like to customize that and I don't really want to see the
resource, ever.
Thanks, again!
On Sun, Jul 10, 2016, at 01:58 PM, Eion Robb wrote:
> Hi David,
> Have you had any success with using the Pidgin GTK+ Theme Control
> plugin?  It allows you to specify fonts for a lot of things including
> the 'GTK+ Interface Font'.  You can find it in Tools->Plugins.
> The logging one does require a programming change, although it does
> sound like you close messaging windows a lot if you've only got one
> message per conversation - changing the 'Close IMs immediately when
> the tab is closed' setting in Tools->Preferences->Conversations might
> help with that.  Alternatively you can use the SQLite Logging plugin
> which has an option to display in the 'View Log' window broken down by
> day, rather than by conversation.
> Cheers,
> Eion
> On 11 July 2016 at 08:50, David G. <lightman at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>  I'm trying to change two things in Pidgin:
>>  1. The appearance of the text in the "buddy list" and conversation
>>  windows.
>>  2. Change logging to combine all messages from a day into a single
>>     file,
>>  instead of one per message.
>>  #2 probably needs a programming change but please let me know your
>>  thoughts.  Could a plug-in do it?
>>  #1: This doesn't make sense to me:
>>  A. The program has one option to change the font style but it
>>     defaults
>>  to "theme" and yet there are  no themes that come with the program.
>>  B: I tried creating a buddy theme per the wiki and it changes the
>>     buddy
>>  list font but not the messages, even though there is a
>>  "message_text"
>>  field.
>>  C: Meanwhile, the FAQ on changing the font has an entirely different
>>  approach and doesn't even mention themes but as mentioned above, the
>>  default font is supposed to be based on a theme!
>>  Can we get a default theme that works and demos what it can
>>  actually do?
>>  This is very confusing and the documentation is very mixed up.  The
>>  example theme .xml would be nice if it had some parameters in
>>  it, like
>>  font size, family/name and colors.
>>  Thanks!
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