[jdev] Bad roster pushes from Facebook XMPP

Alexander Gnauck gnauck at ag-software.de
Wed Aug 21 06:58:19 UTC 2013

Hello Magnus,

you can reach the Facebook chat developers in this Facebook group:

Other people reported similar problems there.


Alexander Gnauck
xmpp:gnauck at jabber.org

On Sun, Aug 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Magnus Henoch <magnus.henoch at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm experiencing weird behaviour from Facebook's XMPP service.  It
> sometimes sends a bunch of roster pushes where the contact's name is
> empty.  This makes my roster display next to unusable, as Facebook JIDs
> are all numeric.  After a minute or so, it _sometimes_ sends a bunch of
> roster pushes containing the correct name for each contact, but more
> often than not my roster is in an all-numeric state.
> I could of course just modify my client to ignore such roster pushes,
> but for my client, the processing of these roster pushes takes a
> non-negligible amount of time, during which the UI is blocked.
> I first experienced this about a month ago, and soon after that other
> users reported the same problem on the jabber.el mailing list.
> So my questions:
> 1. Is this a widespread problem?  It happens to me and some other
>    jabber.el users, and I was able to reproduce the problem with Psi.
>    On the other hand, I searched for other reports of this problem but
>    couldn't find any.
> 2. Is there a way to make Facebook stop doing this?  Does anyone have
>    contacts at Facebook who could be persuaded to look into this
>    problem?
> Regards,
> Magnus
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