I use Empathy as chat client for IRC. Since it is the default chat client, I expected that I can update (availability) status from top menu, but it is disabled.

Status disabled


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This have happened to me too a few times. What I did was:

Make sure empathy is actually running (there should be a little arrow in the Messages indicator).

Open Empathy and check to see if it have failed to connect to a im network (msn, google talk etc.).

Usually it's the latter.

  • Empathy is running and I'm chatting. I use it for a month now, connected to an IRC channel. Thanks.
    – umpirsky
    Jun 1, 2011 at 7:32
  • Are you connecting just to an IRC channel or other accounts like googletalk, msn, etc.. ? Jun 1, 2011 at 9:03
  • Just IRC channel.
    – umpirsky
    Jun 1, 2011 at 9:13
  • Now I tried to add googletalk and it works with it. So I guess this is a bug?
    – umpirsky
    Jun 1, 2011 at 9:15

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