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Old 08-12-2013, 10:50 PM   #1
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Question how to install applications WITHOUT a package manager or repositories

Hello linux users,
I'm a total linux noob as I just started out today by installing elementary. Well, I'm not really totally new to everything as I used Ubuntu before and used some very basic commands.
I consider myself a big newbie though as I have this simple problem:
I cannot install Skype.

I'm using the relatively new elementary os so things might be different here.
I downloaded the .tar.bz2 file from the Skype website. After extracting, I get a folder full of stuff. Obviously there is no executable setup. I found a README file though giving me the following instructions:
If you are using the dynamic and statically linked generic versions, you
will need to choose a path for Skype to exist in. We recommend copying the
skype binary to /usr/bin and installing sounds/, lang/ and avatars/ into
the /usr/share/skype directory.
Well, I understand I should move these folders into these locations, but that won't make me able to run the actual program!

I spent a good amount of time on google and just found the following instructions:
  • download it from the Software Center - it's not in there
  • install a .deb or .rpm file using a package manager like Synaptic / dpkg - I have a .tar.bz2 file
  • build it from source - I don't have the skype source

So now I got the Skype binaries here but no way to execute them.

Any help is very much appreciated because after this I still need to install the Java JDK and Eclipse!

Thanks for reading!

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Old 08-12-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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well, do be patient, I do remember just how frustrating what you are talking about can be.
one test would be (from a command prompt) try running

$ ./Skype
that will tell the shell to execute the program Skype in the current directory, note the command is case sensitive (./Skype and ./skype are two separate commands)
if that works, than as the document mentioned, copy the Skype binary to /usr/bin and creating a /usr/share/skype directory and recursively copying the aforementioned directories into it (cp -rv)

that being said there is an ubuntu package available from which should be a .deb, which then can be opened in the software center and installed.
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Old 08-12-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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Thank you! Unfortunately bash told me that the file couldn't be found. I cd'd my way to the correct directory for sure and there is a file called "Skype", but it's a desktop configuration file. There is also a file called "skype" which is a shared library. I guess that one is the actual program because it's 31.2 MB in size.

Is the .deb file going to run on elementary os even though it's made for Ubuntu?
Also I still need to install the JDK afterwards and got up to this point where they just tell me to "Unpack the tarball and install the JDK"...
Thanks again!
Old 08-13-2013, 01:13 AM   #4
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So I managed to get Skype running now. I just downloaded a .deb file for Ubuntu and double-clicked on it. Software Center opened up and downloaded (???) and installed Skype. Weird, because I couldn't find it in the Software Center before. Anyway, Skype is working but I'm still "looking forward" to Eclipse and the JDK.
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Alright, nevermind. I actually managed to get everything installed now. Thanks!
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Not sure if gdebi is available in Ubuntu but, if it is you can download a .deb file right-click on it select gdebi & it will install it for you.


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