Friday, January 25, 2008

AWN-Pidgin Plugin


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Issues loading AWN Pidgin plugin? Me too. The plugin comes distributed with a "pidgin_awn.so", but no instructions on how to get it working. Unfortunately for lots of people, this plugin is compiled for specific Pidgin versions running on specific kernels, and when you try to compile it, you get errors such as: "pidgin_awn.h: No such file or directory"

This is because the required header file isn't distributed with the plugin! Hopefully they'll fix their link. In the mean use this one: [click here]
  1. Download and extract the plugin
  2. Make sure the plugins directory exists:
    mkdir ~/.purple/plugins
  3. Compile the plugin from source:
    make
    sudo make install
  4. Now launch Pidgin and enable the plugin through Tools >> Plugins >> AWN. If you're luckier than I was, it will work. Mine's still broken (Pidgin 2.3.1).
-Tres

2 comments:

jabbrass said...

Remember, you need to add a launcher for pidgin to the AWN toolbar in order for you to see the script working. Great tutorial! Helped me get it running after trying several other times.

M said...

wow.. i've been trying to get this to work for quite some time. the key was to put the launcher for pidgin into the toolbar. Doh.. thanks so much!