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Showing the date and time in Empathy conversations

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I have recently installed Fedora 19 on my computer, and am using Empathy for instant messaging.

One problem is that I cant see the date and time of the conversations in the Empathy screen, nor can I find an option in preferences to set this.

posted Oct 1, 2013 by Meenal Mishra

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1 Answer

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If you mean showing the timestamps next to the messages in the chat window (like e.g. Pidgin), you can give this a shot; this basically modifies a local copy of the default Classic theme to show timestamps next to the chat messages:

  • Copy the patch to your home directory at the last.
  • Run these commands (as user in terminal):

    mkdir -p ~/.local/share/adium/message-styles/
    cp -r /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle ~/.local/share/adium/message- styles/ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle
    cd ~/.local/share/adium/message-styles/ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle
    patch -p1 < ~/add-timestamps.patch


diff -ur /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Info.plist ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Info.plist
--- /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Info.plist   2013-09-09 19:16:47.000000000 +0200
+++ ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Info.plist 2013-10-02 05:18:58.274024855 +0200
@@ -9,15 +9,15 @@

-  <string>Classic Message Style</string>
+  <string>Classic Message Style With Timestamps</string>

-  <string></string>
+  <string></string>

-  <string>Classic</string>
+  <string>ClassicWithTimestamps</string>

diff -ur /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/Content.html ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/Content.html
--- /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/Content.html   2013-09-09 19:16:47.000000000 +0200
+++ ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/Content.html 2013-10-02 05:13:51.752155387 +0200
@@ -1,5 +1,6 @@
 <div id="prepend"></div>
 <div class="%messageClasses%" dir="%messageDirection%">
+  <span class="time">(%time%) </span>
   <span class="sender">%sender%:</span>
   <span class="message">%message%</span>
diff -ur /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/main.css ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/main.css
--- /usr/share/adium/message-styles/Classic.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/main.css   2013-09-09 19:16:47.000000000 +0200
+++ ClassicWithTimestamps.AdiumMessageStyle/Contents/Resources/main.css 2013-10-02 05:16:06.413381539 +0200
@@ -14,11 +14,13 @@
   color: #2e3436;

-.incoming .sender {
+.incoming .sender,
+.incoming .time {
   color: #4a708b;

-.outgoing .sender {
+.outgoing .sender,
+.outgoing .time {
   color: #2e8b57;
answer Oct 2, 2013 by Amit Parthsarthi
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