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I got this issue after upgrading to 12.04 from 11.10: sometimes, it is not clear what trigger the problem, i start skype and I got this:

:~$ skype
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

If I uninstall and re-install it works for a while but after sometimes/reboot (not a fixed time) same problem come again.

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up vote 3 down vote accepted


I found that the problem is related to prelink so to solve it you need to exclude skype from prelink:

  1. Add this line to /etc/prelink.conf

    -b /usr/bin/skype

  2. purge skype

    sudo apt-get purge skype

  3. Reinstall skype

  4. sudo ldconfig

More info on this bug here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/skype/+bug/1002187

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Frederik answered:

I also experienced this with Skype from Ubuntu’s repositories, but x32.

I now installed Skype again from the official Skype package, and now it works.

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Temporary workaround

sudo  mv /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/skype-bin


gedit /usr/bin/skype

and copy this:

export LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1
exec skype-bin

Save and exit. Then:

chmod 0755 /usr/bin/skype

It should work.

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Please do not post duplicate answers. If you find that two questions need the same answer, then you need to flag one of them as a duplicate of the other. –  RolandiXor Apr 26 '13 at 13:22
This one worked for me on Kubuntu 13.04 and Skype The accepted answer didn't. –  El Barto May 16 '13 at 14:37
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