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checkfriends in 4.5.3 [Jan. 24th, 2006|12:52 am]
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[lithiana]

i can't seem to make this feature work at all. i have enabled "monitor friends list for new entries", set it to notify after 1 entry, and check every 45 seconds. but no matter how long i wait, i don't get notified; yet reloading my fpage shows new posts. i've tried enabling the floating indicator and the system tray icon, neither of which make any difference.

what am i missing? :-)

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From: geekosaur
2006-01-24 01:00 am (UTC)
Logjam never did checkfriends right on one of my FreeBSD machines, but did on the other (essentially identically configured, aside from hardware differences). I even purged all its data and started from scratch, but it didn't work. Never did figure it out. :(
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From: evan
2006-01-24 02:08 am (UTC)
I haven't tried it in a while, but it's probably either:
- LJ turns checkfriends off sometimes due to load
- checkfriends is buggy because I'm a bad programmer

Perhaps turn on the "network debug" flag and watch the console? It'll hopefully make a request every 45 seconds, and you can look for a 1 or a 0 in the response to see if the LJ servers are saying the right thing...
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[User Picture]From: lithiana
2006-01-24 02:15 am (UTC)
okay, i turned on "dump network data" and "don't fork", and did "update information" to make sure it was working (it was). then i waited a few minutes, but it didn't do anything - nothing on the console at all.

(the first time i typed this reply, i said "don't work" instead of "don't fork". perhaps i still have the hidden "don't work" option enabled ;-)
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From: geekosaur
2006-01-24 03:20 am (UTC)
Actually, now that I think back to why I stopped using it on that machine, it was weirder than that. It always thought there was new activity: when I enabled checkfriends the icon immediately began to spin, and never stopped.

Possibly an uninitialized variable somewhere? I seem to recall poking at the code once but not seeing anything obvious, and valgrind was at the time not working on FreeBSD.
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[User Picture]From: go_team_ari
2006-01-26 03:42 am (UTC)
AFAIK checkfriends has been pretty broken since 4.3. There's a Debian bug tracking this here: http://bugs.debian.org/234786
One thing you might need to try, if you haven't done so already, is to enable the per-account option for friends checking. I realize that sucks.
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[User Picture]From: lithiana
2006-01-26 04:06 am (UTC)
huh... yeah, now it works. what an odd interface :-)

thanks!
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