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My solution to continue using Skype 2.8 on older OS X (Lion etc)

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Novel Adventurer

In your firewall (in my case: Little Snitch), block Skype connections to ui.skype.com

 

Skype 2.8 can't check for updates anymore and won't exit on start.

 

Works as of 4. August.

 

 

Cheers

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Accepted as a solution by MichaelDo
‎28-08-2015 11:00

Thanks for your suggestion, works like a charm! I tried Skype 6.9, which also works, but the UI is still extremely ugly and on top of that you cannot disable the camera anymore... way to go, Skype/Microsoft...

 

With your help, I'm running 2.8.0.866 (last usable version in my opinion) on Mac OS X 10.6.8 again. Instead of paying for and using Little Snitch, I just added the line

 

127.0.0.1    ui.skype.com

 

to the hosts file (/etc/hosts) to block it completely. For detailed instructions, read http://www.mactip.net/how-to-edit-the-hosts-file-on-a-mac/ or one of the other manuals available on the web. I edited the file with TextWrangler, but that was just for convenience.

 

I think this thread should be higher up and marked as a solution, so others can find it before giving up on 2.8 or older versions of OS X.

 

Thanks again for figuring it out!

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Accepted as a solution by MichaelDo
‎28-08-2015 11:00

Thanks for your suggestion, works like a charm! I tried Skype 6.9, which also works, but the UI is still extremely ugly and on top of that you cannot disable the camera anymore... way to go, Skype/Microsoft...

 

With your help, I'm running 2.8.0.866 (last usable version in my opinion) on Mac OS X 10.6.8 again. Instead of paying for and using Little Snitch, I just added the line

 

127.0.0.1    ui.skype.com

 

to the hosts file (/etc/hosts) to block it completely. For detailed instructions, read http://www.mactip.net/how-to-edit-the-hosts-file-on-a-mac/ or one of the other manuals available on the web. I edited the file with TextWrangler, but that was just for convenience.

 

I think this thread should be higher up and marked as a solution, so others can find it before giving up on 2.8 or older versions of OS X.

 

Thanks again for figuring it out!

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Casual Adventurer

Thanks! Its work

 

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Casual Adventurer

yes, this should be copied and posted elsewhere in this forum and macforums for others to see if it works as I have the same problem happening to me today with my Leopard OSX and any Skype evrsions now will not work.

 

But can you explain in layman's terms on where to find this setting and do it? How do I get into my firewall, where are the folders? Please write a path to where the change can be done like;

 

Home - Library - Application Support - Blah - Blah - Blah

Novel Adventurer

skype2.8forever, Nice idea with /etc/hosts. I wasn't sure if that would work because normally Skype doesn't rely on DNS and has hard-coded IPs that allows it to connect even without host resolving available. But as it seems, for update check it does.

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Casual Adventurer

Find in you Aplications directory "Terminal"

start it

next:

It’s very easy to edit Hosts if you are somewhat comfortable with working command line in the Terminal. In this tutorial, I will map example.com to 192.168.1.130.

  1. Open the Terminal. It’s located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app
  2. Enter the following command:
    sudo nano /private/etc/hosts
  3. This command is using nano, the built-in command line editor to open the Hosts file. You will be asked for your password because root privileges are needed to edit the Hosts.
  4. You will now see the contents of the Hosts file. It has one entry per line, with the hostname followed by the IP address. Hashed lines (#) are comment lines and are ignored by the system. Use the arrow keys to move the cursor.
  5. Append your entries to the end of the file. Use tab key or spaces to separate the IP from domains. Like so:

write it:

 

127.0.0.1    ui.skype.com

 

  1. Check you entries, and Save the file by pressing Control + O keys. (letter O, not zero) It will ask where to write, with the Hosts file already typed, press Enter to write.
  2. Control + X to close nano editor.

enjoy!

 

 http://www.mactip.net/how-to-edit-the-hosts-file-on-a-mac/

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Casual Adventurer

I'm at Applications – Utilities – Terminal.app - and it says Terminal - bash - 80x24 after my info;

 

joe-schmoes-imac:~ schmoe$

 

I try to enter /private/etc/hosts or /etc/hosts and nothing happens?

 

it says -bash: /private/etc/hosts: Permission denied

 

but I'me the admin and put my password in on a command line but still nothing happened?

 

what do I do next or am I in the correct area?

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Casual Adventurer

okay...I figured it out and it worked...I never go into my terminal.app to mess around, this is the first time that I've done so. I'm sooo disgusted on the industry constantly pushing people for un-needed upgrades just for them to make more money. It sickens me to the core

 

I'm going to copy and paste this link into other areas of this forum because many people need this it seems. Others should do the same to macforums and any other forums out there whom they are a member of. I'm not a member of any, I just join these forums once when I have a problem and just don't have time to use them

Casual Adventurer

Thank you! Looks like it works.

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Reliable Adventurer

@MichaelDo: Thanks for accepting my post as an answer. Still, it makes you wonder why they include a "Do not check for updates" button in the application if it is ignored... but as long as it continues to work, I am not complaining

 

@guzaguza: Ironically they won't make more money, as the (forced) updates are still free, but the customers are put off and driven to look for other alternatives. After a situation like this, I for one will think twice before renewing my Skype credits, and I believe many others will act the same way.

 

@thread: If you are still using OS X 10.2, 10.3 or 10.4, then Little Snitch is free to download  from http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/download-legacy-en.html , if you don't want to edit the hosts file (or like to restrict other applications, too). Also maybe have a look at https://tomafro.net/2009/07/dscl-the-easy-way-to-add-hosts-on-osx , it looks pretty useful (also for later systems).

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