[jdev] Facebook now supports XMPP connections

Christopher Orr chris at orr.me.uk
Wed Feb 10 19:33:31 CST 2010

On 11/02/2010 01:33, Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> On 2/10/10 5:29 PM, Tony Yat-Tung Cheung wrote:
>> I think you got a 503 error as Facebook Chat does not yet support the
>> Non-SASL authentication with the "jabber:iq:auth" in XEP-0078. I have
>> tried with Psi v0.14 and it works fine.

It turns out I got that error because I hadn't entered my password 
(because I wanted to first see what the security/auth options were) and 
Adium didn't prompt me for it as I was expecting...

>> I hope Facebook Chat will support XEP-0078 soon, as my Chatopus client
>> requires it, too.

Chatopus seems to be under reasonably continued development, so maybe 
you could ask them to get with the times.. ;)

> I hope that Facebook Chat will *not* support XEP-0078 and that all old
> clients will start to support SASL authentication, which has been a
> standard part of XMPP since the publication of RFC 3920 in 2004.
> XEP-0078 was deprecated by the XSF in 2006 and made obsolete in 2008.
> It's time to leave that old protocol behind now. :)

Absolutely.  Facebook explicitly state that they do not support XEP-0078 
and only return SASL options in the stream, so that's a positive. 
However they do say that it's "not *currently* supported" so perhaps it 
is on the cards.

Any FB developers on the lists we can convince otherwise ? :)


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