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Fix for contacts problem in Pidgin for Sametime client on Linux

March 2nd, 2010

If your Sametime contacts appear/update slowly in Pidgin you probably need to update sametime library.

Christoph Lukas has compiled patched sametime library which can be found here:


Direct link to 32-bit .deb package
Direct link to 64-bit .deb package

Exit Pidgin and replace existing library. I replaced the symbolic link and left original library in /usr/lib

ar vx libmeanwhile1_1.0.2-3*
tar xvfz data.tar.gz
sudo cp usr/lib/libmeanwhile.so.1.0.2 /usr/lib/libmeanwhile.so.1.o.2.patched
sudo ln -fs /usr/lib/libmeanwhile.so.1.o.2.patched /usr/lib/libmeanwhile.so.1

Start pidgin and your sametime should be fixed now


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  1. co
    November 8th, 2010 at 13:57 | #1

    Thanks for this! It’s the only procedure I’ve been able to follow so far to fix the (still unfixed!) bug for the sametime problem. Regards.

  2. January 7th, 2011 at 11:10 | #2

    I am running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and I am getting the error still. I currently have libmeanwhile 1.0.2-3build2 installed. The only fix I have found so far is to delete the Sametime profile in Pidgin and recreate it. This forces all the contacts to reload.

  3. John
    February 15th, 2011 at 22:35 | #3

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This problem has annoyed me to no end, and until now, I wasn’t able to find *anything* on how to fix it. Whenever I started Pidgin under Ubuntu, I would invariably have only one or two contacts listed, and the ONLY way I had found to get the complete list was to disable/delete/recreate my Sametime Account. Then, and only then, would I see the complete list of my contacts. But with this fix installed (excellent, simple instructions, by the way) the complete list of contacts shows up immediately when Pidgin is started, without my having to jump through a bunch of hoops. I don’t know how Christoph Lukas figured out what the problem was, but I’m glad he did! Thanks!

  4. David Young
    November 28th, 2011 at 22:31 | #4

    Cool! It fixed.

  5. SE
    March 13th, 2012 at 10:24 | #5

    Thanks for this page. Great this hasn’t been fixed yet and its 2012 :) :)

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