When I installed Skype that week, skype worked great only that you couldn't launch it twice during a session, if I closed skype, to re-open I had to restart my computer, after a few days Skype blacked out at random moment a few day later when I launched skype it told me not enough space or something similar, now it doesn't launch anymore. I'm on Ubuntu 12.04

@Braiam: If I write df -h it telles me :

df: `/root/.gvfs': Permission denied
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1       143G   44G   92G  33% /
udev            1.9G  4.0K  1.9G   1% /dev
tmpfs           772M  940K  771M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            1.9G  428K  1.9G   1% /run/shm
none            1.9G   38M  1.9G   2% /tmp/guest-S30red

@Braiam2: If I type what you said it shows me:

19441 ?        Sl     1:40 /usr/bin/python /usr/bin/software-center /home/victor     /Downloads/skype-ubuntu-precise_4.2.0.11-1_i386.deb
22560 pts/1    R+     0:00 grep --color=auto skype
26980 ?        Sl     4:35 skype

To Briaiam's answer:

rm -r ~/.skype ~/.config/skype
rm: cannot remove /home/victor/.skype': No such file or directory 
rm: cannot remove /home/victor/.config/skype': No such file or directory

To Braiam's answer(purge): The 2 first lines of your code don't show any error but the last one does, it will show me:

Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package skype

  • I had problems with Skype startup conflicting with some other programs and have been successful with delaying its startup, like this in my startup applicatons: bash -c "sleep 30 && skype" This delays Skype startup for 30 seconds, and essentially allows other stuff to startup first... – Kendor Nov 25 '13 at 21:38
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    @Kendor How is that helpful here? – Alvar Nov 25 '13 at 21:39
  • Just find the launcher file in /usr/share/applications/ or /usr/share/app-install/desktop/ - it may be called skype.desktop. Search it for the Exec= line, and then run the result in terminal. From memory, should be skype, but can sometimes be skype-wrapper. For running single instances of Skype, I have found this and this. – Wilf Nov 25 '13 at 22:53
  • You could search for skype in apt-cache - sudo apt-cache search skype. – Wilf Nov 25 '13 at 22:58

Skype is already running in the background. That's why whatever you do you can't start it. You must kill it (sadly, not literally):

pkill skype

Then try to run skype again, if still fails do the following:

pkill skype
rm -r ~/.Skype

Then try to start skype again. The above command should have cleared any weirdness skype has.

If things comes to worse, then lets purge it:

sudo apt-get autoremove --purge skype
sudo apt-get autoremove
sudo add-apt-repository "http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu partner"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install skype
  • None of the command work. The second one shows me :( rm: cannot remove /home/victor/.skype': No such file or directory rm: cannot remove /home/victor/.config/skype': No such file or directory) – Victor Nov 25 '13 at 22:15
  • @Victor close the software center and try the commands again. – Braiam Nov 25 '13 at 22:29
  • @Victor try again. – Braiam Nov 26 '13 at 0:18
  • I've done what you said, now when I click on skype it doesn't do anything. So I typed in the terminal " sudo skype" and it opens it BUT when I try to log in they say "can't log in because I'm already logged in, on this computer" so I wrote on the terminal "pkill skype" and then "sudo skype" but it still shows me that message 0.O – Victor Nov 26 '13 at 15:33
  • @Victor do not use ever sudo with skype. skype was not meant to be used with sudo. Your problem is that skype is running somewhere and you don't see it. Run rm -r ~/.Skype and try again. – Braiam Nov 26 '13 at 15:44

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