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I've installed Skype by using dkpg and when I try to run it, this is what I get -bash: /usr/bin/skype: No such file or directory. Which is very strange since ls -l | grep skype shows this:

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root   root    30717480 May  7 01:43 skype

I had similiar problems when I installed FireFox, but since I didn't need it all that much, didn't care. However, I do need Skype on Linux.

Output of my $PATH variable:


Anyone care to explain?... Because I'm stunned.

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marked as duplicate by Gilles, slm, jasonwryan, Anthon, rahmu Sep 10 '13 at 7:51

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have you tried to run using absolute path ? like /usr/bin/skype – Rahul Patil Sep 9 '13 at 14:58
I've tried it now... and still the same result. – radical_edo Sep 9 '13 at 15:09
ldd /usr/bin/skype – Rahul Patil Sep 9 '13 at 15:29
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It seems that this is the perennial 32-bit application on a 64-bit system issue.

Does the following help?

[root@host]# dpkg --add-architecture i386
[root@host]# apt-get update #Will take a while
[root@host]# apt-get install ia32-libs #Will download and install ~100-200 MB of data
[user@host]$ skype&
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Yup! This was it. I did the first step, didn't follow up. With minor detail, he made me run apt-get -f install to resolve some issues, but couldn't have gone there by myself. Thanks. – radical_edo Sep 9 '13 at 15:30

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