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Old 08-14-2013, 05:24 PM   #1
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Unable to login/connect with Skype on Debian 7.0

I am unable to log in to skype on Debian 7.0 (Wheezy). When I type in my username and password, the little "waiting" animation (the animated circle to the right of the login field) just keeps going for several minutes, and then I get an error message that says (in typical useless Microsoft error message style) "Skype can't connect". When I try running skype from the command line, I get no error output there either.

I'm sure my username/pass are correct -- I even changed my Skype password to make sure, and tested it by logging into the Skype website.

I have downloaded the latest version of skype (skype-debian_4.2.0.11-1_i386) and I tried wiping out the ~/.Skype directory and reinstalling Skype ... this didn't fix it.

My firewall has ports 80 and 443 open, as well as the "incoming" port in the skype settings.

How can I figure out why "Skype can't connect?" What else could I try?
Old 08-15-2013, 06:08 AM   #2
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You dont need any open ports for Skype to work. Skype does its own "hole punching" by extablishing a connection from your computer outward then using the established TCP connection.
If you have firewall you have to let traffic out (which is the default behavior usually).
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This will get you started:
sudo tcpdump -s0 -i eth0 -X > file.log &
tail -f file.log
while trying to login to skype should work.
Old 09-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #4
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Same problem, same conditions. Habitual's method doesn't work for me.

oh, why are there people still holding on Skype!


can't connect, connection, login, skype, skype sucks

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