[OTR-users] Can't enable logging with 4.0.0

Michael Secord gizmokid2005 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 8 11:42:09 EDT 2012

-------- Original Message --------
From: Ian Goldberg <ian at cypherpunks.ca>
Sent: Sat Sep 08 10:57:01 EDT 2012
To: otr-users at lists.cypherpunks.ca
Subject: Re: [OTR-users] Can't enable logging with 4.0.0

On Wed, Sep 05, 2012 at 09:12:53AM -0500, Karen Trudeau wrote:
> Hello,
> I've upgraded to OTR 4.0.0 (on Windows, with Pidgin 2.10.6).  I can't get
> OTR conversations to be logged.  A checkmark reappears in OTR's "Don't log
> OTR conversations" box every time I restart Pidgin, and even if I uncheck
> it as soon as I start Pidgin, OTR conversations still aren't logged--it
> ignores this setting.  I uninstalled 4.0.0 and reinstalled 3.2.1 and the
> behavior goes back to normal and I can log again.
> Any suggestions?  My guess would be that the new default "don't log"
> setting is more than just a default and the actual setting is being
> ignored--but this is only a guess of course.  But if it works for other
> people, perhaps I have a corrupt configuration file?  Where should I check?
> Karen


When trying to replicate this, I came across this behaviour of *pidgin*
(not pidgin-otr): pidgin will only change the logging/not-logging status
of a conversation when you start a new conversation.  If you start a
conversation with logging on, and you turn off logging in pidgin in the
middle of it, *it continues to keep logs of that conversation*.  I would
argue that's a bug in pidgin, I think, but maybe it's just a bad
UI/documentation issue.  I've observed this behaviour even with the OTR
plugin completely disabled, so I'm pretty confident it's on the pidgin

[This is with pidgin 2.6.6 on Ubuntu 10.04.4.]

Does that explanation match the behaviour you saw?  If not, can you
replicate the misbehaviour and post step-by-step instructions how to
replicate it?


   - Ian

I would suggest upgrading to the latest release of pidgin, or at least a more recent one before calling it a bug. Karen said she is on 2.10.6 and you tested on 2.6.6, typo in your email maybe? I would venture to guess if that was a bug then it likely would not be now.


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