Opened 5 years ago

Closed 5 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

#16432 closed defect (invalid)

Pidgin freezes when generating new OTR private key

Reported by: rubo77 Owned by: deryni
Milestone: Component: XMPP
Version: 2.10.9 Keywords: otr keygeneration

Description (last modified by rubo77)

On Ubuntu 14.04 when I enable the pidgin-otr plugin (off the record) and attempt to generate a new private key, Pidgin pops up a dialog box telling me that a new private key is being generated. However, key generation never completes and eventually I receive a notification that Pidgin or "Generating Private Key" is not responding.

Only after I installed the tool "haveged" to have enough /dev/random "content" I could create the key in a short time.

Some people say typing random text in a text field also works as a workaround. Nevertheless, a hint for the user on what to do would be helpful.

I refer to this bug report at

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 5 years ago by rubo77

  • Description modified (diff)

comment:2 Changed 5 years ago by datallah

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from new to closed

This issue is caused by a third party plugin. We have no control over these plugins. Please report this problem to the authors of this third party plugin.
OTR is a third party plugin.

comment:3 Changed 5 years ago by rubo77

Since OTR is the most important Plugin and nearly accepted to be implemented by default (#15513) you should link to the bugtracking site of otr:

Last edited 5 years ago by rubo77 (previous) (diff)

comment:4 Changed 5 years ago by rubo77

I submitted this here:

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by rubo77

You should add the packages pidgin-otr and haveged to the suggested packages

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