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Skype on Ubuntu 10.10 or 11.04 64bit

With this little script I was able to start Skype on Ubuntu Maverick and Natty 64bit.

Installation

  • Installation from the Ubuntu repositories. Open Terminal and type: sudo apt-get install skype
  • Download from the Skype website (Link) and install via double click on the .deb-packet

Running Skype

If you start Skype and you get an error like wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS64 you can try to start Skype with executing one of the following lines in your Terminal:
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l2convert.so skype
but that’s what you read in every post when you search for the error. For me it did not work, the output looked like this:
ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib32/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored. ERROR: ld.so: object '/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so' from LD_PRELOAD cannot be preloaded: ignored.

This script fixed it. You can copy the code into a file like ~/bin/myskype:
#!/bin/bash
export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so skype

make it executable
chmod +x ~/bin/myskype

and start it with the Terminal command
myskype

or you can edit the Main Menu entry for skype through changing skype in the command field to myskype.

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