Opened 5 years ago

#16344 new enhancement

automatic account and contact creation on install from mail account data

Reported by: hauke_laging Owned by: deryni
Milestone: Component: XMPP
Version: 2.10.9 Keywords: accounts


It would be easier to install Pidgin at Cryptoparties if its configuration was faster. Most participants use Thunderbird as a mail client. The pidgin installer could be extended by a component which reads the mail account data (including the password) from the Thunderbird configuration.

The installer could compare the mail accounts to a list of mail providers (included in Pidgin or (probably better) supplied by the Cryptoparty instructors) which offer XMPP with the same login details like email. If the user has an XMPP-capable email account then the Pidgin installer would create an account with this data automatically.

Furthermore it should be possible to define contacts (normal addresses and chat rooms) with the supplied file (created for the first XMPP account). This could be used to automatically create support contacts for the event.

The only GUI change would be that the installer would ask whether the user wants to supply such a file during install (or maybe later).

A useful extension of such a feature would be to change configuration details (like plugin activation and even plugin settings).

This would save several minutes per participant making Pidgin a more attractive software for Cryptoparties.

The Thunderbird (and others) configuration access part could be written independently of Pidgin so that it could easily be used by other IM software installers.

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