FreeBSD Bugzilla – Bug 140267
Update net-im/pidgin-facebookchat to 1.62, fixes protocol breakage
Last modified: 2009-11-14 16:10:00 UTC
Facebook appears to have changed something. This update restores the functionality of the plugin.
Fix: Update to 1.62 which was relased a couple of hours ago and fixes this issue.
Patch attached with submission follows:
How-To-Repeat: Just attempt to login to facebook via pidgin. It will fail a few times, then prompt you for your birtday. No matter how correct you answer, you will still be unable to login.
pgollucci@ wants his PRs (via the GNATS Auto Assign Tool)
Maintainer of net-im/pidgin-facebookchat,
Please note that PR ports/140267 has just been submitted.
If it contains a patch for an upgrade, an enhancement or a bug fix
you agree on, reply to this email stating that you approve the patch
and a committer will take care of it.
The full text of the PR can be found at:
Edwin Groothuis via the GNATS Auto Assign Tool
Awaiting maintainers feedback (via the GNATS Auto Assign Tool)
duplicate with ports/140096.
On 2009-11-04, Edwin Groothuis wrote:
> Maintainer of net-im/pidgin-facebookchat,
> Please note that PR ports/140267 has just been submitted.
This is not a dup of ports/140096 -- this upgrades to 1.62, whereas
ports/140096 only upgrades to 1.61.
Can this PR be re-opened, and ports/140096 be closed?
Furthermore, I approve the patch.
I'll take it.
I've been using it ever since. I am on 8.0-RC2 amd64 and ports were
current as of the submission. Unless there is some feature that I am not
using, it's been working fine. The FAQ mentions issues with the protocol
not showing in the list of available options with less than 0.7.6 but I
tested specifically for that when I was pointed to ports/140096. I can
try to get in contact with the author "einrobb" and see what exactly is
going on, but I seen no regressions personally.
Have you been able to run pidgin-facebookchat? According to the
changelog it requires json-glib 0.7.6 or higher now and we still have
0.6.2 in ports.
I can confirm this. No problems yet, with json-glib from Ports and
I spoke with Eion Robb from the project. The problem is that Facebook UIDs are
now in the range of 64-bit int, while json-glib prior to 0.7.6 used default
system in, or 32-bit on i386 and other 32-bit archs. This means that 1.60 (in
ports currently) would show messages that appear to come from random strangers
because the UID maps to the wrong accounts for more recent users.
However, a fix was implemented to address this in theory in 1.62.
Also, because of recent Facebook protocol changes, this plugin cannot function
at all in any version prior to 1.62.
I can confirm this as well, 1.62 fixes the issues, and works fine with
json-glib from ports :).
This is an updated version of the patch because:
a) I have been assigned maintainership - thanks to Corey Halpin for maintaining
b) Because there is a known issue with recent Facebook UIDs, the port is
effectively BROKEN until json-glib gets updated (soon after 8.0-RELEASE).
c) As a "buyer beware" compromise between usability and portmgr sanity the port
is being *temporarily* marked INGNORE.
The benefit of this of this is that a broken package will not be built by the
cluster, but for those of you who need/want this, you may still use ports and
# make install NO_IGNORE=1
From there, you are on your own.
See http://code.google.com/p/pidgin-facebookchat/wiki/FAQ for details on the
If beat@ and miwi@ approve, welcome back to Facebook via Pidgin.
Upstream has released 1.63. This fixes other issues that were caused buy the
sudden Facebook changes but not addressed in the 1.62 connection hotfix.
This supersedes previous two patches.
beat 2009-11-14 16:03:51 UTC
FreeBSD ports repository
net-im/pidgin-facebookchat Makefile distinfo
- Update to 1.63. Due to recent Facebook protocol changes, this plugin
cannot function at all in any version prior to 1.62. Due to a known
usability issue with recent Facebook UIDs, the port is marked INGNORE
until json-glib (ports/140097) gets updated. Use NO_IGNORE to build
Submitted by: Joseph S. Atkinson <jsa AT wickedmachine.net> (maintainer)
Discussed with: miwi
Revision Changes Path
1.9 +7 -2 ports/net-im/pidgin-facebookchat/Makefile
1.7 +3 -3 ports/net-im/pidgin-facebookchat/distinfo
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