No tray icon with Pidgin on 9.10

Steve Woodruff swoody at
Tue Jan 12 18:27:34 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM, Liam Proven <lproven at> wrote:
> I've removed Empathy, which I don't much like, and installed the
> latest Pidgin (2.6.5) from the project maintainers' PPA. Snag is, I
> get no tray icon, so it's hard to control. From Google I see there may
> be an issue with tray transparency but I'm not using transparency.
> I'm on Ubuntu 9.10, x86-64 edition, fully current, on an Athlon X2
> 4800+ with 4GB RAM.
> Is this normal? Anything I can do?

Ok, I went ahead and installed Pidgin to test it out. On your 'Buddy
List' go to Tools>Preferences and on the preferences window that
opens, under the 'Interface' tab should be the option 'Show System
Tray Icon'. Set that to Always, and you're good to go :)

Steve Woodruff
swoody at

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