#678 closed defect (fixed)

MSN users blocked after adding.

Reported by: anonymous Owned by: wilmer
Priority: major Milestone:
Component: MSN Version: 1.2.8
Keywords: msnp13 Cc:
IRC client+version: Client-independent Operating System: Linux
OS version/distro: Ubuntu 10.04


I'm using bitlbee 1.2.8. When using "add 0 <msn-mail@…>" the users that are added joins the &bitlbee channel BUT they viewed me as "Offline" for some reason. When login on to MSN Live Messenger I noticed the users (I have added 2) were blocked?!?. I do not how or why this happened so do anyone have any ideas?

ps. the help states "add 0 <email> <nickename>" but I would guess that nickname is optional. ds.

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comment:1 Changed at 2010-09-18T12:59:22Z by Wilmer van der Gaast <wilmer@…>

Interesting. I've indeed seen two reports similar to this, but yours is clearer. I haven't changed anything here but Microsoft is subtly breaking support for MSNP8 - the MSN Messenger protocol used by BitlBee so far.

I'm working on an MSNP15 implementation in a branch called (confusingly) msnp13. There are Debian packages available in

If you could try if that fixes your problem, that'd be great. Because I suspect that this issue, like many other "MS breaking MSNP8" issues, only happens with a few people.

comment:2 Changed at 2010-09-18T13:35:13Z by anonymous

~$ sudo dpkg --list | grep bitlbee ii bitlbee 1.2.8-1 An IRC to other chat networks gateway ii bitlbee-common 1:bzr-wilmer-msnp13-674-0 An IRC to other chat networks gateway (commo

That did not work (32bit). I just tested adding three more users on MSN and I had to login via msn live messenger to unblock them still. And one of the contact did not get the accept from me until I logged on to Live messenger (could be his adium client?!).

So, the problem persists.

comment:3 Changed at 2010-09-18T14:06:36Z by Wilmer van der Gaast <wilmer@…>

You only installed the bitlbee-common package and still have the old 1.2.8 bitlbee. I'm surprised that that combination is even installable ... but it definitely won't give you the new code. :-)

Could you install bitlbee_... from that directory as well?

comment:4 Changed at 2010-09-18T14:46:38Z by anonymous

oh, my bad haha

ii bitlbee 1:bzr-wilmer-msnp13-696-0 An IRC to other chat networks gateway (defau ii bitlbee-common 1:bzr-wilmer-msnp13-696-0 An IRC to other chat networks gateway (commo

Now I can send data to a newly added user (he sees me as offline). When I log into msn live messenger the user is blocked... so I should not be able to send him any data in the first place. So I do not know what is going on now :)

But I noticed someting else. When someone add me to their msn list via msn live messenger I need to do a "add 0 <the-adding-users-msn-mail>" to get the contact to join &bitlbee , the person can see me in online mode and send data in live messenger but I can not see him until I also add his address in bitlbee too.

comment:5 Changed at 2010-09-30T06:37:04Z by wilmer

Keywords: msnp13 added

Hrmm, interesting behaviour. Microsoft definitely made contact list management more complicated. But at least it seems the blocking behaviour is gone in the msnp13 branch?

I don't have much time to completely fix this ATM but I guess we're back to acceptable now. I'll close this bug when I merge msnp13 into mainline.

comment:6 Changed at 2010-10-02T06:02:59Z by wilmer

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Fixed by msnp13 branch, now merged.

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