Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Newer Yahoo! Messenger Protocol on Pidgin on Debian Lenny 5.0

Yahoo! has changed authentication method of Yahoo! messenger protocol, which is not supported in Pidgin (Version <>= 2.5.7) supports newer Yahoo! Messenger Protocol. But Debian 5.0 Lenny repository has older pidgin (2.4.3). We can install newer pidgin, in the following steps:

## download latest pidgin from pidgin.im (at this time 2.6.3 is latest)
$ wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/pidgin/files/Pidgin/pidgin-2.6.3.tar.bz2

## extract files using tar
$ tar -zxvf pidgin-2.6.3.tar.bz2

$ cd pidgin-2.6.3

## Configure, Compile, and make
$ ./configure --disable-screensaver --disable-vv --disable-avahi --disable-tcl --disable-tk --prefix=/usr
$ make
$ sudo make install

Now you can use newer pidgin with newer Yahoo! Messenger. :)
Enjoy Yahoo!

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