To install skype and dependencies on 16.04. 64bit I need to

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Via (man page):

dpkg-architecture --list

I then can check the list of architectures. What line must be in there to be sure that the first command was executed correctly?

My problem is that I cannot install Skype and I suspect the architecture was not updated correctly. I also suspect this might somehow relate to my installation of Wine.

  • No, you don't need that. Skype is multiarched these days, and the need to explicitly add the 32 bit architecture is history since long ago. Nov 22, 2016 at 17:14
  • My problem was due to some failure during a previously done upgrade to 16.04 and has been solved.
    – bomben
    Dec 4, 2016 at 10:21

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I answer my own question because I just found out via

dpkg --print-foreign-architectures

which printed


that obviously multiarch is/was enabled.

  • 2
    Althogh it is an old discussion, I would like to add more info in case it can help others: in order to see all available architecture to add to your machine, issue the command "dpkg-architecture --list-known"
    – Shobeira
    Jul 21, 2021 at 15:37

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