Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 442322
The textbox in chat/IM window is not resizable after last pidgin update
Last modified: 2008-04-16 18:53:50 EDT
Description of problem:
The textbox of the chat/IM window is not resizable after last pidgin update.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I am assuming 100% reproducible. I haven't done anything other than running 'yum
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use the previous version of pidgin (I am not quite sure what that was since I
regularly do a yum update). Notice that the text entry box in a conversation
window is resizable.
2. update to the latest version of pidgin
3. Notice that the text entry box in a conversation window is no longer resizable.
The text entry box in a conversation window is not resizable.
The text entry box in a conversation window should be resizable, or at least
larger than the current 2 line height. Although it does not affect
functionality, it is annoyingly ugly when you use pidgin (especially for
IRC/chat rooms) with the chat window maximized to full screen.
This is by design. The entry area will grow if you need to enter more than 2
lines of text (up to a maximum of 50% of the window height).
Like I mentioned, it is not about functionality but aesthetics. I'd prefer a
visibly larger text area. I don't need to enter more than 2 lines of text, but
would like to see what I am typing without having to look at the very bottom of
In any case, the inability to adjust the height is *not* by design. It is a
regression introduced in the last update, like I mentioned.
Umm, it is by design.
Ok, this is fun !
Pasting some interesting stuff here for anyone who finds the small 2 line
default text entry box in pidgin annoying and bothers to search this bugzilla.
Since I wasn't satisfied with Stu's "Umm, it is by design" comment, I decided to
file a bug with upstream pidgin in the hope that they would see things differently:
it is only when I received a reply on that did I realized that this problem
annoyed someone enough to create a fork of pidgin !! Here's the history:
- Bug is filed: http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/4962
- Bug gets closed
- Request for enhancement is filed: http://developer.pidgin.im/ticket/4986
- 264 comments follow !!
- Pidgin is forked ! http://funpidgin.sourceforge.net/
- Eventually someone posts a plugin (of sorts) to ^fix^ this in pidgin:
Well, all that said, I think I'll start using funpidgin. (need to con somebody
into either adding the plugin to purple-plugin_pack-pidgin or to create a
funpidgin fedora package.)