Skype working again on our 64-bit openSUSE 13.2!

posted Mar 29, 2015, 3:26 AM by Niels Jensen   [ updated Apr 3, 2015, 1:15 PM ]
After installing openSUSE 13.2 we have had some issues with getting Skype to start. The issue was not the one reported in the release notes. Rather, it appears, that some 32-bit libraries, which Skype use are not installed when the base 32-bit functionality is installed during the install of a 64-bit open-SUSE 13.2. When we started Skype from a command line it reported, that libX11.so.6 was missing. Apparently that is a key X11 library, so without it nothing should work. The missing libraries were not properly identified during during installation of either of the unstable Skype-packages for open-SUSE 13.2 or the latest Linux rpm-package from the Skype website.

Initially we attempted to install the missing library using YaST by searching for "libX11.so". This resulted in nothing found. Yesterday, we tryed searching for just "libX11" in YaST, and discovered that the 32-bit version was not installed. We installed it, and again attempted to start Skype from a command line. Then another library was missing. This was then installed using YaST, and the procedure was repeated for another 3 or 4 libraries. Finally Skype started both from the command line and from the Skype icon under applications on the KDE desktop. Skype now even automatically starts after restarting the system.

Before arriving at the above solution we had also search the internet for rpm packages containing libX11.so.6. Installing such a package for openSUSE 13.2 did not solve the problem. Properly because the other libraries were still missing.