After my computer crashed, my Skype doesn't stay on any more. I start it, the window opens up, but after 5 seconds Skype exits again by itself. I already reinstalled it four times.


It crashed for everyone. Apparently on Linux you keep getting Aborted on the console upon logging in. What fixes the problem is removing shared.xml from settings directory. Thus on Ubuntu it's:

rm ~/.Skype/shared.xml

BTW. bit off topic here, but just for the sake of it

On Windows remove:

c:\Documents and Settings\*user*\Application Data\Skype\shared.xml


rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Skype/shared.xml

Update: There is official acknowledgment of the issue from Skype.

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  • looks like it works, I'v also removed and reinstalled Skype. – digitaljail May 26 '11 at 12:53
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    re-install wasn't necessary for me – vartec May 26 '11 at 12:54
  • yes, not necessary! I did the same on another machine, works without re-install. – digitaljail May 26 '11 at 14:15
  • might help for some, but did not help me, using 12.0.4. – tony gil Jan 29 '13 at 14:04

Try deleting shared.xml file in your home directory ~/.Skype/shared.xml

This command in the terminal will remove it rm ~/.Skype/shared.xml

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I had the same Problem after the recent unity-update. Removing $HOME/.Skype/shared.xml helps it.

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