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pidgin only works once

asked 2014-11-25 21:36:24 +0000

Airblader gravatar image

updated 2014-11-25 22:18:08 +0000

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I can start pidgin exactly once such that it works, but subsequent times it starts but its window is just nowhere to be found. When I kill its process, it appears to flash up for the fraction of a second (and is then killed, of course).

If I rm -rf ~/.purple, it will start normally again, so I assume it saves some data which messes things up. However, this also deletes all my accounts and settings.

I tried auto-floating pidgin (for_window [class="(?i)pidgin"] floating enable), but this has no effect on the problem (though it does float then)

Does anyone have the same issues and, more importantly, a way to fix it (or a shot at something I can try)?

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Just to be sure: is there a pidgin icon in the i3-bar when you start `pidgin`?

Adaephon gravatar imageAdaephon ( 2014-11-26 06:19:58 +0000 )edit

@Adaephon Nope, it's not minimized to the tray, unfortunately. :)

airblader gravatar imageairblader ( 2014-11-26 07:03:43 +0000 )edit

Can you try it with some other WM? Just to see if it is an actual i3 problem or if there is something wrong with your pidgin.

Adaephon gravatar imageAdaephon ( 2014-11-26 09:48:13 +0000 )edit

@Adaephon I tried it on Unity (same Ubuntu installation). Same problem. So I guess I'll have to take this somewhere else.

airblader gravatar imageairblader ( 2014-11-26 16:01:32 +0000 )edit

I've solved it. I posted it as an answer, but with broken link and without accepting it due to insufficient Karma.

airblader gravatar imageairblader ( 2014-11-26 16:12:57 +0000 )edit

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answered 2014-11-26 16:12:28 +0000

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updated 2014-12-06 22:36:45 +0000

Michael gravatar image

This is not an i3 bug. Anyway, however, here is a link to a bug report for this. See comment #6 for a fix. Note that it doesn't just display a systray icon allowing you to bring the window back, but actually causes the window to not be invisible in the first place.

(not a link because of insufficient karma)

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