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Old 05-07-2008, 09:55 PM   #1
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Question Want to install skype on Fedora 8, 500MB needed to download


I just installed a fresh copy of Fedora 8. want to install skype on this pc, so I surf the net and found a solution to create a skype.repo file under yum repository folder.

So issue this command to install skype: yum install skype. as a result, it check alot of dependency files and at the end it ask me to confirm to download a total files of 500Mb.

I wonder why it needs to download such a massive amount of files? what's wrong?

I use KDE desktop. So please share some opinion.

Old 05-08-2008, 02:20 AM   #2
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Check what the "dependencies" are exactly. If you ask me, the only nearly sane reason to ask for 500MB updates to install Skype is that you're installing a version that is new enough (maybe for Fedora 9 or something?) that it requires some newer library which draws in newer tools and newer other libraries and in the end half of a full system. But you don't really know before you list the dependencies.

Doesn't Skype's website provide a ready rpm for Fedora 8 for you to download and install?
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The package that the skype's website provides is the same you get if you install the skyper.repo. As mrpc_cambodia said he did a fresh install of Fedora 8, which being 6 months old has many old packages. So, I don't think there's something wrong.

A 'yum update' would be good to update your whole system also.
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yum check-update

Run 'yum check-update' - could be that a lot of packages are due for updating even without Skype.

If size does matter, then download Skype's binary installer - shouldn't take that much space.

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Old 05-09-2008, 06:08 AM   #5
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Want to install skype on Fedora 8, 500MB needed to download

Thanks alot for your response.

I will try the yum update.

Anyway, it really come to my surprise that it needs to update so many thing just for the sake of installing skype.

Have a nice day.



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