I can't install skype on Ubuntu 12.10, I need your help.

This is the error:

Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable distribution that some required packages have not yet been created or been moved out of Incoming. The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies: skype : Depends: skype-bin but it is not installable E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.


  • How are you trying to install skype? Just open Ubuntu Software Center and install skype from there. No need to download it from the Skype site. – To Do Nov 30 '12 at 16:25
  • still getting the same error dear, the difference is, in Terminal, it gives detailed error while by installing software center it gives pop up menu for the same error. the error is due to skype-bin. – Axee Nov 30 '12 at 16:35
  • Where you originally trying to install skype through the deb file on the Skype site? If this is so, try going to "Software Sources" and under "other" check if there are any skype ppas. Disable them and try sudo apt-get update then sudo apt-get install skype – To Do Nov 30 '12 at 16:49
  • Already did that, no help. – Axee Nov 30 '12 at 16:57
  • Try sudo apt-get install skype-bin then sudo apt-get install skype – To Do Nov 30 '12 at 17:01

If you have problems with

unmet dependencies: skype-bin

try this from terminal

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype-bin skype

before execute above commands be sure that canonical-partners repository is enabled.

Check it from

Update Manager > Settings > Other Software

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  • thanks but no help, problem still remains with this error. "arsalan@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install skype-bin skype Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package skype-bin is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package 'skype-bin' has no installation candidate arsalan@ubuntu:~$ " – Axee Nov 30 '12 at 18:25
  • @Arsalan, probably is not your mistake then. Skype package is here and the binary skype-bin is here, maybe something happened with the repos. Wait 1-2 days and try again. Do not forget to update first, sudo apt-get update . – NickTux Nov 30 '12 at 18:49
  • Man come on, no solution yet? I still cant install it. – Axee Dec 3 '12 at 13:32
  • I am still looking for response pls.. – Axee Dec 3 '12 at 14:44
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    Download skype-bin and install it manually. – NickTux Dec 3 '12 at 16:10

I just installed it using dynamic package on the skype webpage http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/ When you go to that webpage it would show you a drop down, and there you have to choose the 'Dynamic' one.

Download it, then unpack it using archive manager, and when you open the folder you would see the skype icon, click on it and thats it!

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