I started using pidgin again and I cannot find the option to configure line spacing in chat. the default appears to be 1.5 lines between messages. How can I change that? Or is it another "feature" that all users will love so there is no way to configure it? Yeah, kinda frustrated with it...


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I have looked at this problem as well and suspect that the lines:

gtk_text_view_set_pixels_above_lines(GTK_TEXT_VIEW(imhtml), 2);
gtk_text_view_set_pixels_below_lines(GTK_TEXT_VIEW(imhtml), 3);

in function gtk_imhtml_init() in pidgin/gtkimhtml.c are the culprit. So this seems not user modifiable without recompiling the program.

I was able to compile and start pidgin, but I never got that version to read my existing account configuration (and I did not want to install this version before that works). So I was not able to verify whether that actually works. There seem no other relevant places where this, (or gtk_text_view_get_pixels_inside_wrap()) is called.

  • We don't seem the only ones with this problem here a user Ludovac commented: .... PSI is better because the font and the vertical line spacing are smaller. With Pidging you spend your time scrolling up and down....
    – Anthon
    Apr 22, 2013 at 10:29
  • This is ... Well, to be honest, what I expected from Pidgin. Apr 22, 2013 at 11:40
  • When I have time I might setup a development VM and try to get this to work. I have a few times to often broken tools that have been working. I just don't get it why pidgin doesn't take my existing config and logs into my IM providers when I specify -c ~/.purple
    – Anthon
    Apr 22, 2013 at 12:01

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