Ubuntu – Installing Skype on 12.04 64 bit causes errors


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Unable to install Skype on 64bit Ubuntu
Fixing Broken Packages

Hi there I am trying to install Skype through apt-get but I am having some trouble. The Skype package depends on skype-bin which is not found in my list of packages.

So when trying to install Skype I get the following error.

$ sudo apt-get install skype
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Some packages could not be installed. This may mean that you have
requested an impossible situation or if you are using the unstable
distribution that some required packages have not yet been created
or been moved out of Incoming.
The following information may help to resolve the situation:

The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 skype : Depends: skype-bin but it is not installable
E: Unable to correct problems, you have held broken packages.

Does anyone know why this might happen? Am I missing a repository?

I get similar results when downloading the .deb from their site. But it complains about ai32-libs not being installable. This is because it depends on another package that does not exist in my list.

Please bear in mind that this is a custom install from the company I work for. They have secured it and I think they have updated it over time and skipped versions, possibly breaking things.

Best Answer

  • Install Synaptic if you haven't yet then in Synaptic choose to show broken packages then mark them and remove then reinstall or also you can update/upgrade your packages to met the dependencies...anyway I advice you Synaptic will solve your problem.

    To install skype in correct way:

    sudo apt-add-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ $(lsb_release -sc) partner"
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install skype