Install pidgin

This is the short procedure to install pidgin on Feisty.

  • Install the required packages:
apt-get install libglib2.0-dev
apt-get install libgtk2.0-dev (will install a lot of dependencies)
apt-get install libxml2-dev
#at this point pidgin it will compile
apt-get install libgnutls-dev (for ssl support for msn and google talk)
apt-get install libgstreamer0.10-dev (for gstreamer support)
apt-get install libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev
(for dbus support)
apt-get install libgtkspell-dev (for gtkspell support)
  • Download pidgin
  • Compile pidgin
tar xvfj pidgin-2.0.0.tar.bz2
cd pidgin-2.0.0/
make install

Run pidgin (will use the gaim settings if this was already installed)


12 Responses

  1. this works great. and thanks for posting it. beats the main site, i could not find how to install this on feisty.

  2. Thanks for this – searched their site going round in circles to stick this onto Feisty, took me all of 3 minutes with your guide!! They should point to your guide!! :)

  3. thanks

  4. I try to do as that but I have a problem :

    checking for bind_textdomain_codeset… yes

    checking for msgfmt… no

    configure: error:

    The msgfmt command is required to build libpurple. If it is installed

    on your system, ensure that it is in your path. If it is not, install

    GNU gettext to continue.

    and what should I do?

  5. Marilen Corciovei

    $ dpkg -S /usr/bin/msgfmt

    gettext: /usr/bin/msgfmt

  6. $dpkg -S /usr/bin/msgfmt

    /usr/bin/msgfmt file not found

  7. Marilen Corciovei

    I mean you should install gettext because /usr/bin/msgfmt belongs to this pachet.

  8. try

    sudo apt-get install gettext

  9. system administrator

    The command ./pidgin does not work for me, I must run it from the install directory.

  10. Either your did not do a make install as root or your PATH does not contain /usr/local/bin

  11. I followed the instructions, but I can only run as root from the source directory. Pls help.

  12. Probably you forgot the make install or you don’t have /usr/local/bin in the path

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