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Around 2 days ago, I was able to access multiple Skype accounts. But now I do not know what has happened and I am unable to access multiple Skype accounts in the way I did before.

Is there any way to fix the issue and access multiple Skype accounts?

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A couple of days ago was the general uplift from v2 skype to v4 - which one have you now got installed? –  fossfreedom Aug 2 '12 at 14:44
    
Skype 4.0.0.8-0oneirc1 –  user81040 Aug 3 '12 at 7:20

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Skype (4.1, at least) includes the --secondary command line option to open a second instance. One could create a launcher and add this to the command.

See skype --help for more options.

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cool.. very helpful. thanks. –  Bongs Feb 5 at 14:23
    
This is really nice trick even works in Ubuntu 14.04 too with Skype 4.3.0.37 , but when we close the terminal skype closed too –  diEcho Dec 8 at 6:31
  1. cp -a ~.Skype/ ~.Skype2/
  2. Create ~/Skype2 and put a new document in it named skype2.
  3. Edit the file skype2 and add skype --dbpath=~./.Skype2.
  4. Change permissions on skype2 to allow execution.
  5. Launch skype2 and enjoy.
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You can for sure use 2 accounts without any configurations. when you will start skype, it will be run as normal user you are. If you wish to run another just do

sudo /usr/bin/skype

It will start another skype, for root user. So this is something handy. If you want 3 or more, then above method may be the only option. or you can just create some more users, and switch to them at command line using

su username

Enter your other users name you created, enter password and keep running /usr/bin/skype command.

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I think this answer is rather dangerous as it's not recommended to run programs as root unless they have a good reason for it. (Remember with root you have access to more delicate system settings!). Better clone program's settings and create an executable with a parameter to launch Skype with the cloned profile you can then alter. Pernecker's answer describes the necessary steps. –  yoshi Mar 24 '13 at 13:04

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