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Old 06-11-2017, 11:22 AM   #1
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Can't uninstall Skype


When I try to uninstall Skype ( to reinstall it ) I get " the following packages will be uninstalled.....", but when I check , there is Skype still. Re-boot brings up the sign in screen from Skype.
When I look on Package Manager it says Skype is not installed.When I try to re-install it installs a second instance of Skype, neither of which work.

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Old 06-11-2017, 11:27 AM   #2
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Please paste the output from:

Code:
dpkg -l '*skype*'
How did you install Skype originally?
 
Old 06-11-2017, 12:41 PM   #3
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Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
+++-==============-============-============-=================================
un skype <none> <none> (no description available)
ii skype-bin 4.3.0.37-0ub i386 client for Skype VOIP and instant
un skype-common <none> <none> (no description available)
un skype-mid <none> <none> (no description available)


I don't remember where I orginally installed it from, But I think the prob arose when I re-installed it and got 2 Skypes!
When I uninstalled it , the second instance was removed, but the first doesn't want to go!
 
Old 06-11-2017, 12:50 PM   #4
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Thanks. According to that output, you don't have Skype installed (just the remnants from an old install, but you shouldn't be able to run the Skype GUI from that).

So, if you are able to run a version of Skype, it has not been installed through the package manager. Perhaps it is a standalone portable version?

Anyway, let's see where it is:

Code:
which skype

whereis skype
 
Old 06-11-2017, 01:13 PM   #5
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john@john-desktop-mint-17-2 ~ $ which skype
/usr/bin/skype
john@john-desktop-mint-17-2 ~ $ whereis skype
skype: /usr/bin/skype /usr/bin/X11/skype /usr/share/skype
john@john-desktop-mint-17-2 ~ $
 
Old 06-11-2017, 01:33 PM   #6
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Thanks.

Run the following:

Code:
sudo apt-get --purge autoremove skype-bin
Then try running Skype again and report back (hopefully you won't be able to run it).
 
Old 06-11-2017, 01:50 PM   #7
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Right. It's gone. You're a genius!
Thank you very much for taking the trouble. I was totally stuck otherwise.
Does this mean that I installed Skype from a source other than Package Manager?

JC
 
Old 06-11-2017, 02:51 PM   #8
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Not so much the genius, because to be honest I don't quite understand how the problem arose.

What I said before was wrong. I downloaded the skype and skype-bin packages (you can do the same if you're interested - apt-get download skype skype-bin downloads them to your current working directory) and found out that skype is essentially a dummy package, pulling in skype-bin as a dependency. It is skype-bin that installs the GUI program.

So, for some reason, when you uninstalled skype, it didn't also uninstall skype-bin and the GUI program remained. Perhaps there were two slightly different versions of skype-bin and only one of them was uninstalled. I don't know.
 
Old 06-11-2017, 03:27 PM   #9
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Anyway I've re-installed Skype and all's now well! Lesson learned!
Thanks again.
JC
 
Old 06-11-2017, 03:36 PM   #10
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Here's another lesson.

It appears that I could have been way off the mark with my belief that there had been a second, or even manual, version of Skype installed.

I assume that you removed Skype with:

Code:
sudo apt-get remove skype
This command removes the skype package but does not purge its configuration or, importantly, remove any automatically-installed dependencies of the skype package. In fact, as part of the output of the above command, the following is displayed:

Code:
The following package was automatically installed and is no longer required:
  skype-bin:i386
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove it.
As we've seen before, the actual Skype command to run the GUI is installed by the skype-bin package. So, in this case, Skype will still run.

This is one of the reasons that I always remove a package with:

Code:
sudo apt-get --purge autoremove packagename
This ensures that the package's configuration is purged and any automatically-installed dependencies are also uninstalled. The only thing that may be left are personal configuration files (usually dot files) in your home directory.

I like it when a mystery is solved.

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Old 06-12-2017, 09:32 AM   #11
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skypeforlinux is the 5.x offering.
All previous versions and clients will be disabled on July 1, 2017 is my understanding.

Just sayin'

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Old 06-12-2017, 10:18 AM   #12
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skypeforlinux is the 5.x offering.
All previous versions and clients will be disabled on July 1, 2017 is my understanding.

Just sayin'
Ah, good to know. Thanks.
 
  


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