Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I just got a new machine, and I'd like to copy my pidgin settings from the old machine to the new. What files need to be copied and where?

Old machine Windows XP. New machine: Windows 7

share|improve this question
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 16 down vote accepted
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\.purple\

The entire directory can be brought over, or if you just want specific pieces look at the individual files, they're pretty self explanatory (accounts.xml, prefs.xml, etc). Put them on the Windows 7 machine in

C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\.purple
share|improve this answer
    
Okay, I think this is the correct answer. However, currently I am remote desktop'd into the new laptop, and when I run pidgin, it put the settings in C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\.purple Will that be copied/moved to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\.purple once I am not RDP'd in? –  slolife Sep 4 '09 at 23:42
    
@slolife: No, %appdata% in Win7 IS `C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming`. heavyd was likely just recalling it from memory. –  Andrew Coleson Sep 4 '09 at 23:59
    
Oops, indeed I was going from memory, sorry. I'll update the answer, thanks @Andrew Coleson! –  heavyd Sep 5 '09 at 0:03
add comment

You can set a PURPLEHOME environment variable to tell Pidgin where it should store (or look for) its .purple folder. I'm not sure if it's created by default, but it certainly helps in managing the directory afterward. Basically you just need to copy that .purple folder over, which will probably be in %appdata%.

More info here: http://www.lib.unc.edu/reference/eref/pidgin/env_var.html

share|improve this answer
add comment

protected by studiohack May 3 '11 at 9:20

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.