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I just installed Slackware 11. Got everything running the way I like so far except I cant use MSN messenger with GAIM.
When I try to connect I get an error stating that SSL supportis needed for MSN, and asking me to install an appropriate SSL library.
I have had this problem before in earlier Slackware releases, it was always fixed by installing the Mozilla package (I believe from the Mozilla NSS). But now there is no Mozilla, only Seamonkey, and installing Seamonkey doesn't help at all.
That's wierd, because I have a hotmail account that I use on gaim from time to time, and it's working right now, isn't that the same service? I probably should put in the new version just to play it safe. I'm using gaim 1.5.0 according to help about, the one that comes with Slack 11.0. I have not tried Kopete the KDE instant messenger tho.
Mine is the latest Gaim, too, official package, on Slack 11.0 (upgraded from 10.2). I use aMSN for my msn accounts, so I don't know exactly when these crashes started. As I said, the message on Gain's website seems to suggest that the symptoms of this problem are not uniform.
thought this might help too, from the 'changes_and_hints' text file in slackware 11.0
* xap/seamonkey was chosen to provide the Mozilla development
environment (primarily because the official binaries are used for the
Firefox package, and these do not contain the development headers).
At this time, only GAIM links with SeaMonkey's libraries, but if you
are planning to compile something needing "Mozilla" libraries and
headers, be sure SeaMonkey is installed.
someone on slackware's irc channel had this same issue.
they were told to run in console:
ldd 'which gaim'
note: those are 'bactics' located on an english US 101 keyboad in the upper left by the number 1 key.
that listed the libraries for gaim. he/she found that there were libraries missing. the user found that not all of the ssl packages are installed. the person removed the ssl packages and gaim and reinstalled, and it worked. after installing 'ldconfig' is best to run then try the command ldd...again.
I just did a fresh slack 11 install, but gaim insisted in not being able to connect to msn service. On the gaim site I found a solution:
Firefox also includes the necessary libraries, so if you have a binary package of Gaim that was built with SSL support you may be able to add /usr/lib/firefox to /etc/ld.so.conf and run ldconfig as root.