Today I got the following error on Pidgin (I’m running version 2.5.2 on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex) while it tried to connect to MSN:
“Unable to retrieve MSN Address Book”
I’ll reiterate the instructions for those with Ubuntu / Debian:
- Close Pidgin (make sure the process is really down)
- Run “apt-get install msn-pecan”
- Start pidgin
- Change your MSN account type from MSN to WLM
I don’t know if this error affects other libpurple based multi-headed IMs (such as Adium) (UPDATE: It appears this IS a libpurple issue – so Adium IS affected), however, the msn-pecan project has a Windows binary release as well as source release (if you care/need/want to compile it for Mac OS X or other Linux distributions).