Pidgin will not display when just starting a new Unity session

Bug #957998 reported by Neal Gamradt on 2012-03-17
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Bug Description

I just upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 12.04 Beta1 (I have run all the updates). I was surprised to see an old and annoying bug return. In 11.10 (and now in 12.04), when you first log into Ubuntu, the very first time you load the Pidgin client, it loads without crashing, however, no matter how many times you click on it, or try to alt-tab to it, it will never become visible.

The only way to get it to load is to shut down Pidgin and restart it, then you have to alt-tab to it. Once you do that, it will be visible and continue to work fine for the rest of the session. This is a very annoying bug. Before I report it again, I was wondering if others are having this issue and if it is a bug that is already being worked on. Thanks.

Neal Gamradt (ngamradt-d) wrote :
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First run:

ngamradt@ngamradt-HP-EliteBook:~$ pidgin --debug

Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",

Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",

Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",

Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "pixmap",
(10:44:04) prefs: Reading /home/ngamradt/.purple/prefs.xml
(10:44:04) prefs: Finished reading /home/ngamradt/.purple/prefs.xml
(10:44:04) prefs: purple_prefs_get_path: Unknown pref /pidgin/browsers/command
(10:44:04) dbus: okkk
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/timestamp.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/xmppconsole.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/xmppdisco.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/gestures.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/pidginrc.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/spellchk.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/gtkbuddynote.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/timestamp_format.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/sendbutton.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/musicmessaging.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/vvconfig.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/iconaway.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/history.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/ticker.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/themeedit.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/notify.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/markerline.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/cap.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/extplacement.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/pidgin/convcolors.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libaim.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/tcl.so
(10:44:04) plugins: /usr/lib/purple-2/tcl.so is not loadable: libtcl8.5.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/idle.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libgg.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libyahoojp.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/buddynote.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/joinpart.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/perl.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/psychic.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libsametime.so
(10:44:04) plugins: /usr/lib/purple-2/libsametime.so has a prefs_info, but is a prpl. This is no longer supported.
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/newline.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libmyspace.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/pidgin-libnotify.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libsimple.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libbonjour.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libzephyr.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libirc.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/offlinemsg.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/autoaccept.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libxmpp.so
(10:44:04) plugins: probing /usr/lib/purple-2/libjabber.so
(10:...

Neal Gamradt (ngamradt-d) wrote :

As a work-around, if I set Pidgin to load when I log in and set "Show System Tray Icon" to "Always", then this appears to work around the issue. I am unsure why this seems to work, but it would be nice to not have to do all of this in order to just get the Buddy List to work.

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