pidgin hangs after typing long messages in message window

Bug #2011699 reported by Jonas Gorski
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pidgin (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Pidgin 1:2.14.8-1ubuntu2 in jammy (22.04) is affected by, i.e. writing long messages that require multiple reflows will eventually hang pidgin, and requires killing the process.

Backporting the fix from upstream and applying it to the package (which applies cleanly apart from slight offsets) makes the issue go away, without any observed side effects (I have been running this for a while).

I assume updating to 2.14.9 would have the same effect (which includes the fix).

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Linux Mint 21.1
Release: 21.1

This is technically not ubuntu, but only based on ubuntu (jammy / 22.04). But the issue is in the package itself, not caused by any Mint specific changes, as the package is used verbatim from ubuntu as indicated by the below output:

$ apt-cache policy pidgin
  Installed: 1:2.14.8-1ubuntu2
  Candidate: 1:2.14.8-1ubuntu2
  Version table:
     1:2.14.8-1ubuntu2 500
        500 jammy/universe amd64 Packages
 *** 1:2.14.8-1ubuntu2 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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