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Preparing to replace skype 2.2.0.35-0precise3 (using .../skype-debian_4.0.0.8-1_i386 (1).deb) ...
Unpacking replacement skype ...
dpkg: error processing /home/ybnrmalatall/Downloads/skype-debian_4.0.0.8-1_i386 (1).deb (--install):
 trying to overwrite '/usr/bin/skype', which is also in package skype-bin 2.2.0.35-0precise3
dpkg-deb (subprocess): data: internal gzip write error: Broken pipe
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess <decompress> returned error exit status 2
dpkg-deb (subprocess): failed in write on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy: Broken pipe
Errors were encountered while processing:
 /home/ybnrmalatall/Downloads/skype-debian_4.0.0.8-1_i386 (1).deb
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sudo apt-get autoremove skype skype-bin,sudo dpkg -i '/home/ybnrmalatall/Downloads/skype-debian_4.0.0.8-1_i386 (1).deb' –  arhimed Jul 22 '12 at 14:58
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From what it looks like, you are trying to install skype 4.0 from the .deb on their website, while you have skype 2.whatever installed. You must sudo apt-get purge skype before you try to install skype 4.0; I had a similar problem.

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First remove existing skype and install gdebi package manager, Then right click on the downloaded skype deb and open with gdebi package manager, press install button . Enjoy

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