Fwd: [OTR-dev] session termination

Ian Goldberg ian at cypherpunks.ca
Sun Apr 29 21:24:47 EDT 2007

On Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 10:53:01AM +1000, Scott Ellis wrote:
> It seems to me that the 'proper' way to handle this would be to do what a
> lot of protocols do, and have a periodic 'continue session' message, ending
> the session when nothing is received after a certain amount of time...?

OTR does in fact support such a "heartbeat" message, but for the most
part, the underlying IM networks don't.  For example, if you try to send
a "heartbeat" message to someone who's just logged off AIM, the user
will get an annoying popup error message (with gaim), which is Bad.

   - Ian

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