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Novel Adventurer

How to open two Skype clients on Linux?

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Novel Adventurer

I have the same issue. Found this workaround:

 

1: Stop all running skype instances. 

2: Copy the directory where skype stores its options: [in home directory] cp -a .Skype .Skype2

3: Start one instance as usual

4: Start the second with skype --dbpath=~./.Skype2

 

Hope that helps...

Novel Adventurer
Thanks!
It works.
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Novel Adventurer
Same issue
skype --secondary
got: skype: unrecognized option '--secondary'
skype /secondary
got: opened previously loaded skype.
Novel Adventurer

I have the same issue. Found this workaround:

 

1: Stop all running skype instances. 

2: Copy the directory where skype stores its options: [in home directory] cp -a .Skype .Skype2

3: Start one instance as usual

4: Start the second with skype --dbpath=~./.Skype2

 

Hope that helps...

Novel Adventurer
Thanks!
It works.
Novel Adventurer
Thanks
Novel Tourist
Hi spitfire2312,

Many thanks for figuring this out and posting it, I have been able to update my start up shell scripts. I now have my multiple accounts back up and running. Kudos much deserved.
Novel Adventurer
great! thanks! I have three accounts which I used to use simultaneously, I can start two using this method, but not the third... any ideas?
Novel Adventurer
Hey warfie3667 I don't see any reason why it should't work. Just create a third option directory by cp -a .Skype .Skype3 and start your third instance with skype --dbpath=~/.Skype3 I would be surprised if it doesn't work. Could you try and report your result?
Novel Adventurer

Hi spitfire2312,

I tried exactly as you suggested and that's what didn't work...

What *DID* work was when I started all three accounts in one command with & between each one.

 

eg: skype --dbpath=~/.Skype1 & skype --dbpath=~/.Skype2 & skype --dbpath=~/.Skype3

 

Hope this helps someone else.

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Novel Tourist

You can use the same solution as for MacOS. For linux it will be:

 

sudo su -c "nohup skype && exit" (type this in terminal)

 

 

The advantage is that when you close terminal window the skype still working

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