I try and install skype 4.2 from the Synaptic package center and it says installed but when i try to run it nothing happens. I've tried both the Skype:i386 and the regular Skype with the binary files installed. I tried reinstalling, installing through terminal, installing through software center, and it just never runs.

Output below is from when i ran dpkg -l skype

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
ii  skype i386         client for Skype VOIP and instant
  • What happened when you just run skype? – Tim Jul 24 '14 at 21:17
  • nothing...when i put the icon in the launcher and open from there it blinks like other applications do before they open and it then it just stops...then i go check the processes and skype isn't running – user307105 Jul 25 '14 at 0:03
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    What error message do you get if you run skype from a terminal window? – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 25 '14 at 1:34
  • If I type Skype into the Terminal I get this reply: skype: error while loading shared libraries: libGL.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory – user307105 Jul 25 '14 at 22:15

Try starting Skype from a terminal window with this command:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 skype

and let us know what happened.


Since it worked, this is one way to fix the start of Skype more persistently:

  • Create a file named ~/bin/skype
  • Give it this content:

    #!/bin/sh exec env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 /usr/bin/skype "$@"

  • Make it executable using chmod +x ~/bin/skype

  • Log out and log in again
  • It worked and logged in fine finally, but I can still only run skype using that command. Is there a way to fix that now? – user307105 Jul 26 '14 at 18:11
  • @user307105: Yes, see my edited answer. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 26 '14 at 20:00
  • I created a file in both /usr/bin and /bin named Skype, put that content then saved it; then ran the chmod +x command on terminal. i then logged out and back in and tried again and now when i run skype from terminal it says directory not found, even though i know its there. and when i run the preload command it now gives me ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded (wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32): ignored. – user307105 Jul 26 '14 at 21:30
  • @user307105: That's not good. I meant that you should create it in your home directory, i.e. /home/[yourname]/bin/skype. I suggest you do so, remove the file from /bin and reinstall skype (if you created a text file as /usr/bin/skype, you overwrote the actual skype program...). – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Jul 26 '14 at 21:46

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