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My skype is crashing silently. I tried to follow advice here:

What to do when Skype freezes silently?

and here:

But it suggests giving permission to a file called

I looked in /usr/lib/ and it wasn't there.

I tried sudo apt-cache search and found nothing.

The tab-autocomplete after typing libpuls also didn't return anything, so I believe it is not installed.

I found nothing with which and had no google hits for how to find the file, or which package it was in.

How do I install this file? Sound otherwise works. (Skype even used to work fine until a couple of weeks ago.)

I'm running 11.10.

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You don't say what version you're running... – RobotHumans Mar 5 '12 at 17:37
I'm running Oneiric. – Mittenchops Mar 5 '12 at 17:39
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"looked in /usr/lib/ and it wasn't there."

"I tried sudo apt-cache search and found nothing."

apt-cache search runs as non-root just fine.
It flags mostly on words in the description and words in the package name


which is for binaries you run from the CLI
to show 'which' will be executed first with your path settings

to find out if you have it:

sudo updatedb && locate libpulsecore | grep '.so'

to find out what provides it:

dpkg -S libpulsecore

Looks like the base pulseaudio package on 11.10 which is what I'm running for production until 12.04 goes stable in about a month.

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

if it says you have pulseaudio but you don't have the .so you need a --reinstall switch on the apt-get line

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Yep, good point. I had poor diagnostics and was looking incorrectly---it was there the whole time. Thanks! – Mittenchops Mar 5 '12 at 18:12
not a'll notice I didn't put the version number in the searches. this is in case it changes from 1.0 to 2.0 or whatever so you can still find it if there's a version change – RobotHumans Mar 6 '12 at 1:30

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