As the result of a recent server-side change, anyone using the Unix Yahoo! Messenger client may connecting to the wrong (read: legacy, unsupported) group of servers. This may result in random disconnects.

To solve this, you have two options:

  1. The easy way. Exit messenger and remove your ~/.ymessenger/preferences file. Restart messenger.

  2. The harder way. Exit messenger. Edit your ~/.ymessenger/preferences, replacing with on the ConnectionServerline and restart your messenger client.

In short, you preferences file should say this:

ConnectionServer ""

Why there's no built-in facility for doing this and no automatic warning when you connect to the wrong server group is a bit of a mystery to me.

Posted by jzawodn at November 03, 2003 04:56 PM

Reader Comments
# kasia said:

yah, but what about osx.

on November 3, 2003 05:28 PM
# Dave Currie said:

I'd go even further: why doesn't Yahoo just switch the dns entries and make the process completely user-transparent?

on November 3, 2003 05:59 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:

Dave, that sounds like it'd make way too much sense, now doesn't it?

on November 3, 2003 06:02 PM
# Kristian said:

Perhaps to stop Trillian users from connecting to the updated server. Thankfully, the instructions work just as well for Trillian, if you know where to find yahoo.ini. ;)

on November 3, 2003 06:34 PM
# Peter Grigor said:

Where's your "How to fix your Trillian Client" posting? :)

on November 3, 2003 06:39 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Actually, those instructions didn't work for me on Trillian. It just crashed, as usual.

on November 3, 2003 07:21 PM
# David Clain said:

It's ridiculous that a huge company like Yahoo is making people delete or edit source files!

What is this, 1998?

on November 3, 2003 07:44 PM
# Tim A said:

Worked fine for me on Trillian.

on November 3, 2003 08:25 PM
# Kristian said:

Scott -- The only explanation I can offer is I'm running the latest beta of Trillian Pro. I was having connection problems before, but the intentional crashing problem hasn't effected me since the first patch.

on November 4, 2003 05:28 AM
# BDKR said:

It seems like the Unix version has ALLWAYS been troublesome. Gaim has always been a better bet on that platform.

on November 4, 2003 06:22 AM
# Chris said:

In a related but not way, I'm even more disappointed that Yahoo no longer has a PDA version of their messenger.

I just got a Toshiba e750 w/ WinMobile 2003. It runs MSN messenger, and even an AOL messenger, but nothing in sight for Yahoo except for old old unsupported clients for CE 1.0.

Sure, there are other 3rd party utilities, but they break everytime Yahoo (and other IMs) lock down their protocol.

on November 5, 2003 07:43 AM
# lady_cece_luv said:

cant seem to get my yahoo messenger to let me im anyone , do u think i have something missing

on November 8, 2003 02:27 PM
# Scott Johnson said:

Bless you. Seriously man. Bless you. I've been swearing at Yahoo IM for days now.

on November 11, 2003 03:00 PM
# Dena said:

cant get any messenger from yahoo...Bur i like older version 5.0

on September 1, 2004 04:24 PM
# tammy said:

i have downloaded yahoo 5 times this week it lets me on then when i sighn off and try to sighn back on says nothing and just crashes

on October 8, 2004 05:23 AM
# ahmed said:

fex my massenger

on May 6, 2005 05:50 AM
# jerry said:

when i click on the yahoo messenger it crashes it goes away does not let me sign on what can i do

on May 14, 2005 06:17 AM
# jerry said:

when i click on my yahoo messenger icon it comes on then in 1 second it goes away i can not into my yahoo i installed it like 6 times and nothing happens it does the same thing.

on May 14, 2005 11:23 AM
# karen said:

HELP, i am having a problem with this new version of messenger,everytime i get it downloaded a error comes up that says: an error has occurred in the internet explorer. internet will now close. i have tryed to even download older versions nothing is working. have done updates, eveything i can do to get it working. not helping it.

on November 4, 2005 08:04 AM
# terence said:

just like jerrys problem i cant log in to my yahoo messenger it appears for like 1 second then it disappears pls i really need some help here because i really need to chat with my friends pls jeremy help me

on March 23, 2006 05:03 AM
# yinka said:

try put on my messenger, it came on for a second, the next its gone.
says error on the page
i uninstalled it, now try to install in back
but its bringin dis up;_ylt=9ibwSFOeoZEFEIYBxGPt5MKf

with operation aborted in a box

presently my yahoomail is also affected
what should i do


on December 18, 2006 03:27 AM
# veb said:

I am running a Unix/Linux operating system called Zandros. Is Yahoo's IM compatible with this product? I am looking for some current information.


on August 26, 2007 04:10 PM
# jack said:

how to fix my yahoo messenger, everytime i open my account, network says OFFLINE MESSAGES. i couldn't read mesages, no word appearing in the dialog box

on January 19, 2010 03:08 AM
# Dean J said:

I recently, accidently deleated my messenger while cleaning up my desktop. now i cant down a new one, cant access whats left of old one,(message comes up that says, "internal error, try agin later") can you help please? Thanks.

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