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If I'm chatting w/ someone via GAIM, and the chat idles for a certain amount of time, GAIM creates a new logfile when the chat resumes. Example from /home/barrycarter/.gaim/logs/jabber/carter.barry@gmail.com/id-of-person/

2010-06-10.094139-0600MDT.txt [mod time: 2010-06-10 14:35]
2010-06-08.140656-0600MDT.txt [mod time: 2010-06-08 16:00] 

These are actually the same conversation, with a gap from "2010-06-08 16:00" to "2010-06-10 09:41:39". How would I tell GAIM: "if the conversation idle is less than <n> hours, don't create a new log file?"

Note: The above is just an example: in reality, I probably wouldn't want the same log file after a 2 day gap (a 20 hour gap, maybe).

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I thought Pidgin creates a logfile for each time you open/close the conversation window? – Bobby Sep 26 '12 at 17:50
Well, this is embarrassing. You appear to be correct. Turn into an answer and I'll approve it. – barrycarter Sep 26 '12 at 17:58
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Pidgin (former GAIM) does not create it's logfiles (curiously still located in ~/.gaim/logs/PROTOCOL/ACCOUNT/) based on a time gap within a conversation. It considers a conversation ongoing as long as you keep the conversation window open. If you close and open the conversation window, there will be a new logfile created for that 'new' conversation.

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