Possible bug with pidgin?

I have no idea if this is really a bug or not but here’s the background:

We have OpenFire 3.6.4 running on our work network.

I was pasting the following php vardump to another account:

array(6) {


string(1) “3”


string(19) “2011-05-06 12:25:50”


string(4) “omitted but not entirely sure why”


string(1) " "


string(1) " "


string(1) “3”


The receiving account was using pidgin 2.7.11 on windows 7 and the sending account was using Empathy 2.30.3 on Ubuntu 10.04 (yea yea, I’ll upgrade it soon).

When I sent the above, the receiver (pidgin) was knocked offline and did not receive the vardump text.

What I think happened here is that the var_dump was a result set from MySQL - the discontinued_amazon & discontinued_ebay columns were accidentally set to bit rather than tinyint so the characters in the vardump reflect such.

Can anyone reproduce this?

I’m pretty sure this is an issue with pidgin rather than OpenFire but I thought I would post here first. This “crash” does not happen when the receiving account is using Spark.