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i installed skype wiht the amd64.deb file that i downloaded from
but when i click it via dash it wont start.
after that i tried it from the gnome-terminal i get this
i have a dutch Ubuntu i translated it(well i hope)

bash: /usr/bin/skype:File or directory does not exist

i remove it using sudo apt-get remove
i then installed it again using

sudo dpkg -i skype-ubuntu_2.2.0.35-1_amd64.deb

but again same problem

i checked in the /usr/bin there is a skype file and the permissions where -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21362968 2011-06-08

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can you do a ls -la /usr/bin/skype ? Do you have execute permissions? I have skype up and working on my amd64 system. – Michael K Feb 2 '12 at 10:46
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 21362968 2011-06-08 12:26 /usr/bin/skype i am not familiar with those -rwxr-xr-x commands. – blade19899 Feb 2 '12 at 10:51
@blade19899 Please edit info into the question itself, do not respond via comments, thanks – Jjed Feb 2 '12 at 10:52
@blade19899 check 32 bit , will work ok – One Zero Feb 2 '12 at 11:23
i got skype up and running i installed a while ago super-os-repo-0.4.004.deb which has a skype*.deb in its repository i deleted it and super-os-repo-0.4.004.deb and run sudo apt-get update/upgrade/autoremove/check/autoclean/clean/ and so on then i installed skype from the official repository and no problems :) – blade19899 Feb 2 '12 at 17:15
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Skype is in fact a 32-bit program even if it's packaged for 64-bit. When downloading Skype from, you won't install the necessary 32-bit compatibility libraries on Ubuntu Oneiric. The error is a bit misleading, but it means that 32-bit compatibility libraries are not installed on a 64-bit machine.

The recommended method to install Skype is throught the Partner repository.

  1. Uninstall the Skype package using the Software Center. If you cannot find it, open a terminal and run:

    sudo apt-get purge skype
  2. Enable the partner repository
  3. Refresh the packages information and install Skype from the Software Center (package "skype")
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it seems to me file's executable bit's are set, even then, set the execution permission something like sudo chmod 777 /usr/bin/skype Or alternatively why don't you try it installing from Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic? this way Ubuntu will install a compatible version on your machine, and as @one-zero said try installing 32 bit.

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Ubuntu Software Center doesn't have 64 bit version mean there is something ... – One Zero Feb 2 '12 at 11:30
-1 chmod 777 ? – Lekensteyn Feb 2 '12 at 11:35
I meant check that executable bits are set – Ravish Feb 2 '12 at 13:49
The correct way to add the executable bit is with chmod +x file. That respects the umask and does not unnecessary add write permissions which can lead to an insecure system – Lekensteyn Feb 2 '12 at 14:03

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