Using MSN via Pidgin / Adium / Finch?

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by Luke Sheldrick.
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12 01 2009

You may have noticed that you cannot connect today. This appears to be because Microsoft are blocking the protocol that libpurple uses. This has been blogged on the Adium Blog, however no fix other than using another client is spoken about.

I personally use Finch, which is a curses version of the widely used Pidgin. There is another method of getting both of these to connect to the MSN network, by using MSN-Pecan. This will fix the problem for now, and get you back online. They provide a deb, or exe for Debian or Windows users, but there doesn’t seem to be an RPM for Redhat / Fedora users, and at the time of checking wasn’t in the repositories. There is however source code available.

For Windows users; install using the exe.

For Debian / Ubuntu users; either install using the deb, or ‘apt-get install msn-pecan’

For Fedora / Redhat users; you’re going to need to install from source. If you’re not sure how try the below;

tar xvf msn-pecan-0.0.17.tar.bz2
cd msn-pecan-0.0.17/
sudo make install

Once you’ve completed the install steps, you need to change your account details in Pidgin or Finch. You need to edit your MSN account from using the MSN protocol to use WLM (WLM has now been added, because you installed MSN-Pecan). See screenshots below.

Changed to use WLM;

Should keep ya’ll chatting until Microsoft stop being wankers, or libpurple is updated.



Comment on January 13th, 2009.

Offtopic, but you’re using png’s already, so why don’t you use the full colors? The screenshots look as if they were squeezed to a very small palette.

Luke Sheldrick

Comment on January 13th, 2009.

Ah, yes. The thing is I use finch, which is a curse version of Pidgin, so is all in a terminal window, which I happen to use in a remote host, within a screen session. So basically it’s always signed on to one of my hosts, and I just ssh in.

I digress, I thought giving screen shots of finch would confuse people, so to take the shots, I vnc’ed over my vpn (which at the time was very slow as I was on my 3G modem), to the host, and used pidgin to take the shots. As the connection was so slow, the vnc connection had neg’d the colours right down…

If I could be bothered, I’d retake them now I am on a faster connection…. but I can’t 😛


Comment on November 4th, 2009.

Thanks for this update , helped me a lot


Comment on December 17th, 2011.

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