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is there a way to start a Skype call from the terminal?

I have found skype4py, but it doesn't work on ubuntu 12.04. Is there a solution without downgrading?

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Maybe this post can give you an answer: Open the same application from terminal – Radu Rădeanu Sep 22 '13 at 19:57
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yes. Once you have logged into skype and skype is running in background open a terminal window.

skype --help gives you a list of options

$ skype --help

Usage: skype [options]
  --dbpath=<path>       Specify an alternative path to store Skype data files.
                        Default: ~/.Skype
  --resources=<path>    Specify a path where Skype can find its resource files.
                        Default: /usr/share/skype
  --secondary           Start a secondary instance of Skype.
  --disable-api         Disable Skype Public API.
  --callto <nick>
                        These commands allow Skype links handling.
  --pipelogin           Command line login. "echo username password | skype --pipelogin"
  --version             Display version information and exit.

so skype --callto <nickname> allows to call some one who is currently on line There is no obvious command line indication of whether there is a successful connection or not

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