Tuesday, 5 August 2014

How to fix " skype depends on libqtwebkit4 (>= 2.1.0~2011week13)." error in debian/crunchbang 64 bit linux

I have been using skype 4.2 version in my crunchbang 64 bit. Recently Microsoft has stopped supporting this version and users are showing an error "server failed to connect" while logging in to skype.

So I have to update skype to 4.3 to fix the issue. I'm using 64 bit crunchbang and Microsoft has only 32 it deb package for debain (which is what crunchbang is based on). So I have downloaded the deb file and when installing I was getting the below error :

skype:i386 : Depends: libqtwebkit4:i386 (>= 2.1.0~2011week13) but it is not going to be installed

This is because our skype deb file is 32 bit and it depends on 32 bit libqtpwebkit4. This is how to install skype on debian/crunchbang.

First download skype from the link : http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-linux/downloading/?type=debian32

dpkg --add-architecture i386

apt-get -f install

apt-get install libqtwebkit4:i386

rm -rf ~/.Skype

dpkg -i skype-debian_4.3.0.37-1_i386.deb

I was able to successfully install skype 4.3 using this method. I wasn't able to find a accurate guide to install skype 4.3 in debian/crunchbang linux. So I hope this will help them install skype 4.3 in their machine.

Please let me know if it works for you in the comments.


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