Skype 4 installation on Ubuntu 12.04

Yesterday I tried to install Skype, but I have already installed one from Software Center (Skype 2.0) and installation of DEB file faild due to:

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Unpacking skype (from .../skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_amd64.deb) ...
dpkg: error processing /home/kris/Downloads/skype-ubuntu_4.0.0.7-1_amd64.deb (--install):
 trying to overwrite '/etc/dbus-1/system.d/skype.conf', which is also in package skype-bin:i386
dpkg-deb (subprocess): data: internal gzip write error: Broken pipe
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess  returned error exit status 2
dpkg-deb (subprocess): failed in write on buffer copy for failed to write to pipe in copy: Broken pipe
Errors were encountered while processing:
After some googling I found solution (simply unistalling skype is not enough):

$ sudo apt-get --purge remove skype
$ sudo apt-get --purge remove skype-bin
$ sudo apt-get autoremove
After that installation worked and I can use new Skype :)

Hope this will help if you will have the same issue.



  1. for me, it was enough to remove package skype-bin:i386 like this:

    sudo apt-get purge skype-bin:i386


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