XEP-0136 is an XMPP protocol extension used for storing and accessing message archives. Daniel Kraic has written a Pidgin plugin for accessing these archived messages. Below are the brief instructions for installing this plugin in Debian and using it. Generic installation instructions can be found in INSTALL file.
# unzip danielkraic-Pidgin-XEP-0136-plugin-v0.6-0-g74aea04.zip # cd danielkraic-Pidgin-XEP-0136-plugin-b22950b
# apt-get install gcc # apt-get install pidgin-dev
# make xep136_plugin.so
# mkdir ~/.purple/plugins/ # cp xep136_plugin.so ~/.purple/plugins/
You can access history by clicking the "HISTORY" button located at the bottom of Pidgin conversation window. Then "XEP136" window should appears. Next click the "SHOW" button on the right of "XEP-136" window to see list of conversation dates on the left. Select conversation date to see its content.
It is assumed that you use XMPP server with XEP-0136 extrension support. Ejabberd IM server should works with "mod_archive_odbc" enabled as well as Prosody IM server with "archive" module enabled.
Feel free to report bugs. Check for future updates at https://github.com/danielkraic/Pidgin-XEP-0136-plugin