#218 closed defect (fixed)

MSN switchboard management code not very robust

Reported by: Owned by: wilmer
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: MSN Version: 1.0.3
Keywords: message sending problem Cc:
IRC client+version: Client-independent Operating System: Linux
OS version/distro: linux- LFS 6.1


after being online for several minutes(without sending any message), can not send messages to the buddies, but can receive from them.

Is that because of the changing of the MSN protocal ?

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comment:1 Changed at 2006-11-04T13:48:43Z by wilmer

Nothing changed as far as I know, but MSN server behaviour is changing a bit lately, sometimes. I had problems like this a few weeks ago, but they seem to be over now.

What happens there exactly? You log into MSN, do nothing and then fail to talk to people after a few minutes? Or do you have a conversation with someone, then it's silent for a while, and then you can't talk anymore?

comment:2 Changed at 2006-11-11T10:21:51Z by wilmer

Priority: criticalmajor

comment:3 Changed at 2006-11-15T16:05:48Z by anonymous

getting same probs

comment:4 Changed at 2006-11-15T16:49:02Z by anonymous

having same problem here... same ip with 2 pcs in same problem :(

comment:5 Changed at 2006-11-15T17:09:27Z by anonymous

Same problem here - Both Msn Live 8.0 and 8.1 BETA. on different machines with different ip's - same user.

comment:6 in reply to:  description Changed at 2006-11-15T17:20:06Z by jamesmcm

Replying to

after being online for several minutes(without sending any message), can not send messages to the buddies, but can receive from them.

Is that because of the changing of the MSN protocal ?

im having same prob and im on windows!

comment:7 Changed at 2006-11-15T17:23:12Z by wilmer

Yes, I think there are enough comments here now. It seems MSN servers are acting a bit strange today. Let's just see if it will pass, usually it does. If it's still broken today, maybe something can be done about it.

If anyone here has *new* information (traffic dumps, etc), feel free to share them. But there's no more need for AOL/ME TOO posts.

comment:8 Changed at 2006-11-15T17:23:35Z by wilmer


comment:9 Changed at 2006-11-16T12:01:11Z by anonymous

now even couldnt connect may be server repairing

comment:10 Changed at 2006-11-21T14:26:33Z by crg316

im having the same problem

ne1 know wats causing it

comment:11 Changed at 2006-11-25T01:39:58Z by Loatroll@…

I keep getting:

"02:27 @root> MSN - Warning: Closing down MSN switchboard connection with unsent message to ð, 02:27 @root> HQ, you'll have to resend it."

With different wierd characters instead of the nicks now and then. When that happens I can see what buddies are saying but not send replies (or more correctly they don't see what I say)

Sorry if this is a "me too" comment :-)

comment:12 Changed at 2008-01-05T22:10:53Z by wilmer

Summary: MSN protocal: can not send message to buddies, but can receive.MSN switchboard management code not very robust

It looks like things are more stable now, fortunately. Still, it'd be good to make BitlBee's switchboard handling more robust.

I need some testers/dumps/ways to reproduce the problems though, since I hardly use the MSN network myself.

comment:13 Changed at 2008-01-06T13:37:50Z by wilmer

FWIW this error message includes the actual messages now, so at least there should be no confusion about what got lost exactly.

comment:14 Changed at 2008-01-12T17:38:04Z by wilmer

Although I'm not sure if this will fix all problems, changeset:devel,300 should deal better with broken switchboards that still have queued messages.

comment:15 Changed at 2008-01-12T17:38:41Z by wilmer

Actually I meant changeset:devel,301.

comment:16 Changed at 2008-11-24T04:15:24Z by anonymous

<@root> msn - Warning: Many switchboard failures on MSN connection. There might be problems delivering your messages.

I keep getting this every few minutes while trying to talk with someone over the msn protocol. Sometimes it seems like they get delivered anyway, sometimes it doesn't. I'm on 1.2.3. Not sure where to go from here.

comment:17 Changed at 2009-07-17T13:48:50Z by anonymous

I have captures when this problem appears on msn chat session. Remote party doesn't receive messages, but I receive from him.

In general I see many "CAL" commands retransmissions... and some MSG retransmitted too.

It happens everyday, since most people use MSN -unfortunately :(-

Wilmer, you have my capture, but if you need anything else please tell me.

comment:18 Changed at 2010-05-11T21:43:53Z by wilmer

Oh, bah. I'm not sure if I still have those captures and if so, where I'd have them. :-(

I fixed the bug that caused these msgs; it was showed even for switchboards that didn't have any messages queued anymore which is pointless. changeset:devel,575 has the fix.

Real message loss should be a thing of the past though, and when I get reports about problems like this in #bitlbee it always turns out to be because of unreliable Internet connections, also affecting other clients...

If you (author of the last comment) still read this and have the dumps, I'd still love to see them. But I guess you gave up by now..

comment:19 Changed at 2010-05-23T14:12:30Z by wilmer

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

I think this is in decent shape now.

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