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Skype silently crashes on Ubuntu.

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Novel Adventurer
Ops, the corrected URL for the bug report is .
Novel Tourist

hmm, would using wine along with skype.exe work? 

it woudent be a perfect fix. but it might work.

Novel Adventurer

There is another thread discussing this right now [ [invalid URL] ], but I don't think that it will work well.

Novel Tourist


combining this


and this




sudo apt-get remove --purge skype

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

sudo apt-get install skype:i386


seem to fix the silent crash. It works for me on 32-bit Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04.





Novel Adventurer

i have tried ubuntu 11.10 32 and 64 bit and skype was crashing silently like all of you...then i upgrade ubuntu to 12.04 64 bit and skype has continued to crash...Now i tried the "tips" from @janek and IT SEEM TO WORK!! SO THANKS!!


ps: sorry for my bad english

Novel Adventurer

Here a cool workaround

In crontab:

*/5 * * * * killall skype; while [ -n "`pgrep skype`" ]; do echo "waiting for skype to be killed..."; sleep 1; done && env DISPLAY=:0.0 /usr/bin/skype > /tmp/skype.log 2>&1


Novel Adventurer

what do this workaround?

Novel Adventurer

It kills the crashed skype process and starts a new one and this every 5 mins - i am experimenting with 15mins now...

Novel Adventurer

Well... that is not a work-around. It means that if you are in mids of a call, this routine will force-crash the call... quite the opposite of what we like

Novel Adventurer

Better ideas are very welcome! It is a workaround, because it still leaves you the flexibility to adjust the frequency of killing skype and you could accept or make calls only in the window of opportunity

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