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I have installed Skype using the AUR package following these steps:

wget https://aur.archlinux.org/cgit/aur.git/snapshot/skypeforlinux-bin.tar.gz
tar zxf skypeforlinux-bin.tar.gz
cd skypeforlinux-bin
makepkg -s

And the output was:

==> Making package: skypeforlinux-bin 8.6.76.56247-1 (Fri Sep  8 10:11:48 -03 2017)
==> Checking runtime dependencies...
==> Checking buildtime dependencies...
==> Retrieving sources...
  -> Found skypeforlinux_8.6.76.56247_amd64.deb
==> Validating source files with sha256sums...
    skypeforlinux_8.6.76.56247_amd64.deb ... Passed
==> Extracting sources...
  -> Extracting skypeforlinux_8.6.76.56247_amd64.deb with bsdtar
==> Removing existing $pkgdir/ directory...
==> Entering fakeroot environment...
==> Starting package()...
==> Tidying install...
  -> Removing libtool files...
  -> Purging unwanted files...
  -> Removing static library files...
  -> Stripping unneeded symbols from binaries and libraries...
  -> Compressing man and info pages...
==> Checking for packaging issue...
==> Creating package "skypeforlinux-bin"...
  -> Generating .PKGINFO file...
  -> Generating .BUILDINFO file...
  -> Generating .MTREE file...
  -> Compressing package...
==> Leaving fakeroot environment.
==> Finished making: skypeforlinux-bin 8.6.76.56247-1 (Fri Sep  8 10:13:39 -03 2017)

Now, how can I run Skype? because I've tried searching for the command skype or similar, but nothing appeared.

Could you help me? Thanks a lot!

  • The simplest thing to do is list the files in the package - see wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman/… . You'll normally want the one in /usr/bin. And the command might be skypeforlinux. That's what it's here. – Faheem Mitha Sep 8 '17 at 16:07
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    @FaheemMitha won't work as it is not installed: pacman knows nothing about it. – jasonwryan Sep 8 '17 at 19:00
  • @jasonwryan Yes, I see. But it's customary to install programs before trying to run them, so I thought he had. Pardon my assumption. – Faheem Mitha Sep 8 '17 at 21:17
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You have built the package (makepkg -s), but you haven't installed it, so obviously you cannot run it.

pacman -Q skypeforlinux-bin will confirm that it is not installed.

The makepkg output also makes this evident:

==> Finished making: skypeforlinux-bin 8.6.76.56247-1 (Fri Sep 8 10:13:39 -03 2017)

As the wiki page on the AUR makes clear, you need to pass makepkg -i to install your built package.

At this point, you can either rebuild, or simpler providing you still have the built package, just use pacman:

sudo pacman -U $package_name.pkg.tar.xz
  • Please note, as I found out when yaourt wasn't updating Skype that the file names have changed, the main one is now skypeforlinux-stable-bin. You'll get a skypeforlinux-stable-bin and skypeforlinux-bin are in conflict (skypeforlinux). Remove skypeforlinux-bin? [y/N] message when installing. – aSystemOverload Feb 2 '18 at 8:22

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