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I found an interesting project (skypathy)
what this project does is runs skype via empathy (sky-pathy)
with the help from a pidgin plugin that also works with empathy
pidgin-skype i installed everything like so

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:skype-wrapper/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype skype-wrapper empathy pidgin-skype 
sudo apt-get remove sni-qt

then run the skype first. then skype-wrapper give permissions and empathy i am making an .desktop file but don't now how to start them all one after the other. and the sudo apt-get remove sni-qt should remove my skype icon from the unity-panel bit it doesn't.this is how my .desktop file looks like

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=IM Client
X-GNOME-FullName=Skypathy full Internet Messaging
Comment=Chat on Google Talk, Facebook, skype, MSN and many other chat services
Exec=skype skype-wrapper empathy

i also tried to change the "Exec=" to a scripts that runs the apps

skype && skype-wrapper && empathy

but when it runs skype it wont go to skype-wrapper until skype is closed same as when runnin skype-wrapper it wont go to empathy until skype-wrapper is closed

this is the icon i used (just for fun)

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You have to run it in the background. That is achieved using the single "&" character after a command:

(skype &
sleep 3
skype-wrapper &
sleep 5
empathy &)

The commands have to be separated by a new line character (unless someone else has a better idea).

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thanks it kind of worked. when running the commands they all start together but empathy doesn't connect until i restart it i think skype-wrapper needs a second to load then start empathy also i had a problem with the skype icon it supposed to be in the messaging menu when removing the sni-qt package. but it still remains in the unity-panel. – blade19899 Feb 13 '12 at 14:50
@blade19899 Try again, I added the sleep commands. I don't know how to fix the problems with skype / sni-qt though. I use google video chat and jitsi – medigeek Feb 13 '12 at 17:25


skype && skype-wrapper && empathy


skype& skype-wrapper & empathy
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This will still wait for skype to exit. The difference is && will only continue if the previous command "succeeded" (returns code 0) whereas ; will run the next command regardless. But it still waits for the previous one. – Caesium Feb 14 '12 at 14:56

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