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I already wrote some stuff on parsing Pidgin log files in a previous post.

Mike Schilli was so kind to apply my patches to the version 0.13 of Gaim::Log::Parser. In the meanwhile I don’t want to miss this tool, because I can search all my chat logs in one place which is very convenient for me. I use Pidgin on different machines and now I have a central storage of the logs, cool :) I wanted to install it on another machine and faced a problem with files located in .system subdirectories.

The files contain system messages like the login and logoff events of buddies and unfortunately the format is totally different. Since these information are not crucial at all for me I decided to skip these messages and wrote the attached patch to Gaim::Log::Finder.pm.