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Old 03-15-2004, 05:48 PM   #1
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Using GAIM to access MSN messaging...


Hello!
Has anyone had any success using GAIM to log onto MSN messaging? I am unsure what version it is I am using (the date stamp for the file is Sept.3/03) but when I attempt to login using the format screen-name "pdmackenzie@hotmail.com" with the password associated with that account, I get the error message "Protocol not supported". When I attempt to log on using the format screen-name "pdmackenzie" with the same password, I get the error message "Incorrect nickname or password".

I use "pdmackenzie@hotmail.com" to log onto MSN messaging with my windows computer at work without any problem. Does anyone know what is going on?

thanks in advance,
doug
 
Old 03-15-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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Go to gaim.sourceforge.net and grab the latest version - Microsoft changed their protocols and only the latest version supports it.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 05:57 PM   #3
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That sure didn't take long! thanks for your speedy reply!

doug
 
Old 03-15-2004, 05:59 PM   #4
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No problem - as an alternative, go to amsn.sourceforge.net and grab aMSN - the install is easy, basically untar it and run ./amsn, since I only need it for Hotmail i's nice and has new skins/icons.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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Whoops!
I spoke too soon. When attempting to auto-install (a feature of firefox? kde? mandrake's urmpi? who knows?) I received the error message

"Installation failed:
file /usr/lib/libgaim-remote.so.0.0.0 from install of gaim-0.75-0mdk9.2 conflicts with file from package libgaim-remote0-0.68-1mdk".

What is the best way to upgrade?
 
Old 03-15-2004, 06:07 PM   #6
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If it's an rpm file, drop into a console, use su to become root and type in rpm -Uvh gaim.xxxxx.rpm, in fact, once you've typed in gaim just hit the tab key and it will autocomplete.

If it's not an rpm, you'll need to uninstall the previously installed gaim - rpm -e gaim and then hit tab to autocomplete.

Almost forgot, you'll probably need to install some extra protocols for msn in gaim, don't use it so can't help there -save time, use amsn
 
Old 03-15-2004, 06:23 PM   #7
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Yep, I guess aMSN is the way to go... thanks again.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 06:31 PM   #8
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Compile the source version of gaim. RPMs completely suck ass because they need EXACT versions of libraries, whereas compiling from source will use whichever you have installed. It's not even hard, though I know the words 'compile from source' put a lot of newbies off!
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:08 PM   #9
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Aha! But isn't this problem with RMPs avoided by using mandrake's urmpi command? It seems to automatically search out all and solve all dependencies.... but I see your point about source files. It is like any new activity, the more you do it the easier it becomes.
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:14 PM   #10
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Perhaps, but then what if you need a program that isn't supplied in rpm/deb form? My housemate was like this, if it couldn't be installed in Yast then he wouldn't use it. Hell, he wouldn't even run rpm from the command line.

Then again, he was a moron
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:25 PM   #11
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Isn't compiling from source the same thing as compiling a C program? It has been a few years, but I remember it being a bit complicated, ie. compiling a .c file to a .o file, then linking something or other, then another step afterwards... the same sort of thing? Or what if the application is a c++ file?
 
Old 03-15-2004, 07:30 PM   #12
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Quote:
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Isn't compiling from source the same thing as compiling a C program? It has been a few years, but I remember it being a bit complicated, ie. compiling a .c file to a .o file, then linking something or other, then another step afterwards... the same sort of thing? Or what if the application is a c++ file?
Yes, but program authors don't expect you to know how to do that. They include configure scripts to check you have everything you need (libraries, etc) and then a tool called 'make' puts everything together. Compiling from source (99% of the time) consists of:
Code:
./configure
make
make install
 
Old 03-15-2004, 08:02 PM   #13
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But if the include script has to check to make sure that one has the correct libraries, isn't this the same problem that you mentioned in post #8? Without the exactly correct library, the 'make' will fail?
 
  


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