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

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386


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. – Gunnar Hjalmarsson Nov 22 '16 at 17:14
  • My problem was due to some failure during a previously done upgrade to 16.04 and has been solved. – Ben Dec 4 '16 at 10:21

I answer my own question because I just found out via

dpkg --print-foreign-architectures

which printed


that obviously multiarch is/was enabled.

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