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How to restore "Escape closes windows" shortcut in Pidgin (using Ubuntu Linux)

I use Gaim/Pidgin as my IM client as it can connect to all other IM services (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, GTalk, etc.) but keeps them all within one tidy app. My favourite feature is that when you want to close a conversation window you simply just hit 'Esc' and it's gone. A collegue asked recently why his Escape shortcut was not working any more after an upgrade to Ubuntu Gutsy.

It appears from Pidgin's release notes that this 'feature' was changed in version 2.0.0 (5/3/2007):
Removed "Escape closes windows;" default key binding is now Ctrl-W
This hadn't happened to my version (I'm also running Gutsy) but I had to get to the bottom of it. After a little searching in .purple (the home of Pidgin's user configuration) within my home directory I was able to find the following uncommented in my accels file:
(gtk_accel_path "
/Conversation/Close" "Escape")
In my collegue's ~/.purple/accels file he just had to change <Control>w to be Escape and then it all started working again!

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