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I use finch for instant messaging, and for persistence, finch is one of the things that runs in my screen session. There are three main computers that I access my screen session from, and each works at a different screen resolution.

Because of the different resolutions, when I switch computers, I use screen -rd to attach to my screen session. Using screen -x results in problems. When I attach to the session, though, finch experiences display problems. I have to wait up to several minutes for finch to become responsive - it doesn't redraw properly at all. Trying to switch between chats just writes ^n and ^p, or ^(1-9) for numbers. It fixes itself after some time. Using ctrl-l does not help. Switching back and forth between screen windows does not help.

This is an annoying behavior that I don't experience with any other applications running in screen. Is this a bug in screen or finch, and if not, what can I change about my configuration to correct it ?

(would appreciate it if "finch" could be used as a tag for this instead of or in addition to "pidgin")

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seldom-used tags are occasionally culled; if there aren't other questions with the [finch] tag after a few months it may be removed. tags are for grouping questions together, so if finch is the console version of pidgin, it's probably best to keep the [pidgin] tag. – quack quixote Jun 3 '10 at 16:07
Thank you, that makes things clearer to me. – Brighid McDonnell Jun 3 '10 at 21:47
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Current best guess: finch doesn't handle long IM conversations particularly well. My finch instance runs on an always-on server, and I almost never close conversation windows, because I like context. However, when I needed to reboot the server and start finch anew, the problem went away. It came back when conversation windows got longer - and then I closed them and it went away again. So, it's a flaw with finch, but I can change my usage patterns to adapt.

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I close conversation windows almost daily but I have similar problems as well. There seems to be a filed bug of this: – Jawa Jun 25 '12 at 12:44
Yeah, I've gotten resigned to finch kind of sucking - it seems distinctly a second-class citizen of the libpurple programs. I notice that the bug is 20 months old, no action. – Brighid McDonnell Jun 25 '12 at 16:35

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