Saturday, March 01, 2008

Skype not installing on Linux

Although I had it working before the last time I reinstalled Mandriva Linux 2006, this time I cannot install the old package

skype-1.4.0.99-mdv.i586.rpm

nor the one currently on the download site

skype-1.4.0.118-mdv.i586.rpm
skype-1.4.0.99-mdv.i586.rpm

They both have a missing Qt library
Some package requested cannot be installed:

urpmi skype-1.4.0.99-mdv.i586.rpm
skype-1.4.0.99-mdv.i586 (due to unsatisfied libQtDBus.so.4)
Continue? (Y/n)



I could nt find libQtDBus.so.4 in any Mandriva rpm.

I seem to have got around it by downloading the static version. Listed on the Skype download website as
"linux static"

I downloaded it, unzipped it with

bzip -d skype_static-1.4.0.118.tar.bz2
tar xvf skype_static-1.4.0.118.tar

I then found that running skype_static-1.4.0.118/skype
complained about a missing library

urpmi libsigc++2.0_0-devel

seems to fix that. So far so good

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