I'm working on Ubuntu 12.04 x64 and when I'm trying to run Skype there's following message in terminal: skype: error while loading shared libraries: libgstbase-0.10.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory I've tried reinstalling and purging but it doesn't work.
Can anyone explain what is wrong and what should I do?


The .so file that exists but was reported as "doesn't exist" because it was incompatible with the system architecture. It was a 32 bit version, but you have a 64 bit operating system. According to the documentation on the Skype website, there is a simple solution.

Open a terminal (ctrl + alt + t) and run

dpkg --add-architecture i386
apt-get update
apt-get -f install skype


  • Thank you for reply but it seems like my dpkg doesn't have this option: dpkg: error: unknown option --add-architecture – user252582 Feb 26 '14 at 16:13
  • This didn't work for me. I still get the same error on opening Skype. I notice that at no point did my problematic shared lib (libsqlite3.so.0) get reinstalled. I removed skype and reinstalled, same thing. I cannot "apt-get remove libsqlite3.so.0", it says "you have requested an impossible situation ... unmet dependencies. libatk-wrapper-java : Depends: default-jre ..." – Jonathan Hartley Mar 22 '14 at 22:00

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