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I can't install skype

asked 2013-06-10 19:05:01 -0500

Bob Thebuilder gravatar image

i'm running Fedora 18 live KDE 32bit. whenever i try wget it doesn't work. says command not found i also tried: [root@localhost liveuser]# yum install skype- Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit No package skype- available. Error: Nothing to do

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For instaling a downloaded rpm file, you have to use localinstall instead of install. So the correct command to use is yum localinstall skype-

Jomoos gravatar imageJomoos ( 2013-06-11 01:34:36 -0500 )edit

wget: command not found implies you don't have wget installed. yum install wget will fix that.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-06-11 08:16:20 -0500 )edit

You don't NEED to use [CODE]localinstall[/CODE]. having install with the full filename will work equally as well. Actually, from the man page, localinstall is only kept for legacy reasons.

  • localinstall rpmfile1 [rpmfile2] [...]

       (maintained for legacy reasons only - use install)

If the name is a file, then install works like localinstall.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-06-11 09:56:24 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-11 08:15:03 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Here's how I install Skype on my 64bit Fedora system. The instructions should be the same for 32 bit systems also:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose Fedora $version 32 bit in the drop down menu. (At the present they provide a version only for Fedora 16 32 bit)
  3. Save the file to disk at a known location.
  4. Open a terminal, traverse to the directory you downloaded the rpm to: cd ~/Downloads # for example
  5. Run this command: sudo yum install libXScrnSaver.i?86 libX11.i?86 libXv.i?86 libv4l.i?86 alsa-plugins-pulseaudio.i?86 qt-x11.i?86; sudo yum localinstall skype-*.rpm --nogpgcheck
  6. Run skype!

The above command ensures that you have the required 32 bit libraries installed on a 64 bit system too.


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That is a much more complete solution than the one I gave.

Unfortunately, liveuser is a sudoer user, so sudo won't work. You will have to replace the cd command with


cd /home/liveuser/Downloads

The skype package has gotten better over the years. I think you are better off letting skype find the dependencies it needs. The link you gave was from the F10 era, where the skype package was pretty bad.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-06-11 09:48:51 -0500 )edit

I checked up. It still doesn't pull in the i686 alsa bits.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-06-11 14:54:06 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-06-10 20:07:00 -0500

hmaarrfk gravatar image

I just tried downloading it graphically through the official website

and opened the RPM graphically.

Make sure you are in the directory of the downloaded RPM when you execute your yum command. It seems that you are in the home directory, and not the Download directory.

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i can't directly download anything because my app installer doesn't work whenever i do

Bob Thebuilder gravatar imageBob Thebuilder ( 2013-06-10 20:26:34 -0500 )edit

Are you running from a LIVE disc? You have to first install the OS into a hard disk before you can start installing any softwares!

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2013-06-11 02:20:46 -0500 )edit

@anishjp: That isn't true. You can install software to a Live environment. It just won't survive a reboot.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-06-11 08:00:54 -0500 )edit

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