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iChat logs may use up large amounts of drive space
Authored by: david-bo on Aug 31, '05 02:57:52PM

Long time ago since I saw so many immature comments. The most sensible way a log in an IM-client would work is storing all messages (pure txt, html, xml, binary whatever) - the size of such log is neglible. However, storing transferred files is just plain stupid. A note in the log whenever a files is transferred "Aug 20 2004. File transfer 'My song.mp3' complete. A total of 4 500 000 bytes where transferred at 131 kB/s" - something like that.

If you receive a file in a IM-client most of the time you store it somewhere else on the HD so why keep redundant copies in, of all places, your IM-log? You don't keep copies of downloaded files in your browsers cache, do you?

I frequently send files that are 50-100 MB in size through IM, one of those transfers is bigger than my ICQ log just containing text but saved since 1997.

I think people put up with this just because they are novice IM-users and because iChat is from Apple and therefore save from criticism.

Face it, iChat and AIM is, for text based IM, a sub standard protocol and network. No offline messages - what's that? No meta data when you send files, contacts, messages etc.

iChat is good for VOIP and video conferencing (btw, these datastreams are not logged, why?) but that is all.


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iChat logs may use up large amounts of drive space
Authored by: Githon on Aug 31, '05 08:18:06PM

It doesn't matter how much you whine that we're wrong, it's still not a bug.

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