My company has signed up with Google Apps for Business so I have a Gmail address of the form [email protected].

I use MCabber as a chat client and am unable to connect using my working mcabberrc file (which works with my @gmail.com account) with the JID set to the company email address.

I have tried several different configuration settings related to SSL and setting the server/port, but the more research I do, the more it seems it should not be necessary (just setting the JID is expected to work).

With the default mcabberrc, MCabber reports:

01-20 21:36:08  Connecting to server

01-20 21:36:08   with resource mcabber.c387d12b
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    I figured it out, but stackexchange says I don't have enough karma to answer my own question. My well written answer is going in the garbage. FYI: Set the server=talk.google.com, port=5223, and enable ssl and disable tls, and set ssl_ignore_checks=1. Jan 20, 2013 at 22:03
  • The message should have told you you needed to wait 8 hours. Which means you can post your answer now. Would be great if you could do that! Thanks!
    – slhck
    Jan 21, 2013 at 17:32
  • Aaaw, that's too bad. Here's some rep; please come back and post the complete answer as soon as you can, I'd really like to read it!
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    Overriding the server field should not be necessary if your network administrator add the requisite SRV records to your domain's DNS entries. See e.g. kingant.net/check_xmpp_dns/?h=jabber.org
    – michel-slm
    Feb 13, 2014 at 4:06
  • Possible duplicate of How to setup a Google Apps GTalk account in Pidgin? Nov 16, 2016 at 23:17

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Just copying the End User's answer that worked. I confirmed the same problem previously and compared my settings. This worked.

FYI: Set the server=talk.google.com, port=5223, and enable ssl and disable tls, and set ssl_ignore_checks=1

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