Removing a Contact in Empathy Deletes It from the Gmail Contact Manager

Bug #668925 reported by Juan C Nuno on 2010-10-30
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
empathy (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: empathy

I removed a Google Talk contact from Empathy. And I found out that it was deleted entirely from the Gmail Contact Manager. My intent was for them to not show up in the Empathy contact list, not to delete their phone number, mailing address, and who knows what else from Gmail. Data was lost. I'm very sure Pidgin does the right thing in this case.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: empathy
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-23.36-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-23-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: wl nvidia
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Oct 30 16:05:40 2010
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/empathy
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64+mac (20101008)
SourcePackage: empathy

Juan C Nuno (juancnuno) wrote :
Juan C Nuno (juancnuno) wrote :

In every release since Empathy became the default IM client, I keep giving it a shot and I keep finding it's not ready for prime time. It's again the case in Maverick. I'm going back to Pidgin.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

delete means delete and i am pretty sure every client does the same.

Changed in empathy (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Juan C Nuno (juancnuno) wrote :

Did you try it?

I use the Gmail Contact Manager to organize my contacts. Set one up with a Google Talk username and some other miscellaneous information, their birthday for example.

Set up Empathy with a Google Talk account tied to that contact. If you remove the contact from the Empathy list, it deletes the contact from Gmail. Including the birthday. Pidgin does not do the same thing.

I'm sad to see this bug closed. As long as this is an issue I cannot use Empathy, nor recommend it to anyone else.

Juan C Nuno (juancnuno) wrote :

I'll try filing this upstream

Omer Akram (om26er) on 2010-10-31
Changed in empathy (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Invalid → Triaged
Changed in empathy:
importance: Unknown → High
status: Unknown → New
Changed in empathy:
status: New → Unknown
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