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Pidgin, Guifications and Glib

I’m having some troubles to install the Guifications plugin for Pidgin. I’ve spent maybe 5 hours looking for a solution but without success so far – and damn it’s getting on my nerves…

I’m running Ubuntu Feisty and Pidgin 2.2.0, both of them running very smoothly. I would like right now to install the Guifications plug-in for Pidgin which is a little system notifying when a user comes online (there are actually many other use cases but this one is for me the most useful). Since there are no Debian packages for this plug-in, I have to compile it from the source which I downloaded on the official website. The only small issue with this method is that I have to download eventual dependencies beforehand.

The problem comes during the configuration (./configure) of the package, at which point I get this (now extremely annoying) error message:

checking for PIDGIN... yes
checking for pkg-config... (cached) /usr/bin/pkg-config
checking pkg-config is at least version 0.7... yes
checking for GLIB - version >= 2.0.0...
*** 'pkg-config --modversion glib-2.0' returned 2.14.0, but GLIB (2.12.11)
*** was found! If pkg-config was correct, then it is best
*** to remove the old version of GLib. You may also be able to fix the error
*** by modifying your LD_LIBRARY_PATH enviroment variable, or by editing
*** /etc/ Make sure you have run ldconfig if that is
*** required on your system.
*** If pkg-config was wrong, set the environment variable PKG_CONFIG_PATH
*** to point to the correct configuration files
configure: error:
*** GLib 2.0 is required to build Guifications; please make sure you have the
*** GLib development headers installed. The latest version of GLib is always
*** available at

If I understand correctly, expected version of Glib is 2.14.0 and the one returned is 2.12.11

I went on (again) to look for the expected version and found it there:

I installed all related packages and tried again but without success… Same error message popping up, again and again…

Seeing I can’t get this sorted it out myself, I went to get some help on the official Guification IRC channel where a bunch of bored geeks preferred playing with the moderation bots rather than point me to any relevant resources. Nice.

I posted then on a couple of forums again without much help so far. I have been suggested to install libnotify instead which seems to be a lighter version of Guifications. I will consider this if I can’t get Guifications working :).

Has anyone out there had some similar issue? I would appreciate any kind of help on the matter…

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