[SOLVED] Skype 64-bits on Maya Cinnamon seems 32-bits

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[SOLVED] Skype 64-bits on Maya Cinnamon seems 32-bits

Post by Ghostbird » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:08 pm

EDIT: ANSWER: The package is 32-bit, right now there is no 64-bit Linux Skype client, the ridiculously large install can be circumvented by installing the statically linked binary (see next post).

I have just today switched from Ubuntu Oneiric (DIY changes to GNOME3 shell) to Mint Maya with Cinnamon.
I also have made the change from 32-bits to 64-bits. Since the people at HP apparently thought it was a good idea to preinstall a 64-bit laptop with a 32-bits Windows, I never knew I owned a 64-bit hardware architecture until after I installed Ubuntu and read /proc/cpuinfo.
I generally use Skype for IM and VoIP.

The problem:
I tried to install skype from the repositories AND from the .deb (x83_64) downloaded from the skype website, and was baffled when I found out that I had to install no less than 286MB of (mostly 32-bit) packages in dependencies. Inexplicably (to me) including what appeared to be a 32-bit binary of GCC.

The list:
The following NEW packages will be installed
bluez-alsa:i386 gcc-4.6-base:i386 glib-networking:i386 gstreamer0.10-plugins-base:i386 gstreamer0.10-plugins-good:i386 gstreamer0.10-x:i386 gtk2-engines:i386 gtk2-engines-murrine:i386
gtk2-engines-oxygen:i386 gtk2-engines-pixbuf:i386 gvfs:i386 gvfs-libs:i386 ia32-libs ia32-libs-multiarch:i386 ibus-gtk:i386 lib32asound2 lib32gcc1 lib32stdc++6 libaa1:i386 libacl1:i386 libaio1:i386
libao-common libao4:i386 libasn1-8-heimdal:i386 libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libasyncns0:i386 libatk1.0-0:i386 libattr1:i386 libaudio2:i386 libaudiofile1:i386 libavahi-client3:i386
libavahi-common-data:i386 libavahi-common3:i386 libavc1394-0:i386 libbz2-1.0:i386 libc6:i386 libc6-i386 libcaca0:i386 libcairo-gobject2:i386 libcairo2:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386
libcanberra-gtk0:i386 libcanberra0:i386 libcap2:i386 libcapi20-3:i386 libcdparanoia0:i386 libcomerr2:i386 libcroco3:i386 libcups2:i386 libcupsimage2:i386 libcurl3:i386 libdatrie1:i386 libdb5.1:i386
libdbus-1-3:i386 libdbus-glib-1-2:i386 libdrm-intel1:i386 libdrm-nouveau1a:i386 libdrm-radeon1:i386 libdrm2:i386 libdv4:i386 libesd0:i386 libexif12:i386 libexpat1:i386 libffi6:i386 libflac8:i386
libfontconfig1:i386 libfreetype6:i386 libgail-common:i386 libgail18:i386 libgcc1:i386 libgconf-2-4:i386 libgcrypt11:i386 libgd2-xpm:i386 libgdbm3:i386 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0:i386 libgettextpo0:i386
libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:i386 libglapi-mesa:i386 libglib2.0-0:i386 libglu1-mesa:i386 libgnome-keyring0:i386 libgnutls26:i386 libgomp1:i386 libgpg-error0:i386 libgphoto2-2:i386
libgphoto2-port0:i386 libgpm2:i386 libgssapi-krb5-2:i386 libgssapi3-heimdal:i386 libgstreamer-plugins-base0.10-0:i386 libgstreamer0.10-0:i386 libgtk2.0-0:i386 libgudev-1.0-0:i386 libhcrypto4-heimdal:i386
libheimbase1-heimdal:i386 libheimntlm0-heimdal:i386 libhx509-5-heimdal:i386 libibus-1.0-0:i386 libice6:i386 libidn11:i386 libiec61883-0:i386 libieee1284-3:i386 libjack-jackd2-0:i386 libjasper1:i386
libjpeg-turbo8:i386 libjpeg8:i386 libjson0:i386 libk5crypto3:i386 libkeyutils1:i386 libkrb5-26-heimdal:i386 libkrb5-3:i386 libkrb5support0:i386 liblcms1:i386 libldap-2.4-2:i386 libllvm3.0:i386
libltdl7:i386 libmad0:i386 libmikmod2:i386 libmng1:i386 libmpg123-0:i386 libmysqlclient18:i386 libncurses5:i386 libncursesw5:i386 libnspr4:i386 libnss3:i386 libodbc1:i386 libogg0:i386 libopenal1:i386
liborc-0.4-0:i386 libp11-kit0:i386 libpango1.0-0:i386 libpciaccess0:i386 libpcre3:i386 libpixman-1-0:i386 libpng12-0:i386 libproxy1:i386 libpulse-mainloop-glib0:i386 libpulse0:i386 libpulsedsp:i386
libqt4-dbus:i386 libqt4-declarative:i386 libqt4-designer:i386 libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-opengl:i386 libqt4-qt3support:i386 libqt4-script:i386 libqt4-scripttools:i386 libqt4-sql:i386 libqt4-sql-mysql:i386
libqt4-svg:i386 libqt4-test:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqt4-xmlpatterns:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui4:i386 libqtwebkit4:i386 libraw1394-11:i386 libroken18-heimdal:i386 librsvg2-2:i386 librsvg2-common:i386
librtmp0:i386 libsamplerate0:i386 libsane:i386 libsasl2-2:i386 libsasl2-modules:i386 libsdl-image1.2:i386 libsdl-mixer1.2:i386 libsdl-net1.2:i386 libsdl-ttf2.0-0:i386 libsdl1.2debian:i386 libselinux1:i386
libshout3:i386 libslang2:i386 libsm6:i386 libsndfile1:i386 libsoup-gnome2.4-1:i386 libsoup2.4-1:i386 libspeex1:i386 libspeexdsp1:i386 libsqlite3-0:i386 libssl0.9.8:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libstdc++5:i386
libstdc++6:i386 libtag1-vanilla:i386 libtag1c2a:i386 libtasn1-3:i386 libtdb1:i386 libthai0:i386 libtheora0:i386 libtiff4:i386 libtinfo5:i386 libudev0:i386 libunistring0:i386 libusb-0.1-4:i386
libuuid1:i386 libv4l-0:i386 libv4lconvert0:i386 libvisual-0.4-0:i386 libvisual-0.4-plugins:i386 libvorbis0a:i386 libvorbisenc2:i386 libvorbisfile3:i386 libwavpack1:i386 libwind0-heimdal:i386 libwrap0:i386
libx11-6:i386 libx11-xcb1:i386 libxau6:i386 libxaw7:i386 libxcb-glx0:i386 libxcb-render0:i386 libxcb-shm0:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxcomposite1:i386 libxcursor1:i386 libxdamage1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386
libxext6:i386 libxfixes3:i386 libxft2:i386 libxi6:i386 libxinerama1:i386 libxml2:i386 libxmu6:i386 libxp6:i386 libxpm4:i386 libxrandr2:i386 libxrender1:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libxss1:i386 libxt6:i386
libxtst6:i386 libxv1:i386 libxxf86vm1:i386 mysql-common odbcinst odbcinst1debian2 odbcinst1debian2:i386 oss-compat skype xaw3dg:i386 zlib1g:i386
0 upgraded, 245 newly installed, 0 to remove and 16 not upgraded.
Need to get 104 MB of archives.
After this operation, 286 MB of additional disk space will be used.

The question:
Is there a 64-bit binary for Linux available? If so, where can I find it? The x83_64 downloaded from the skype website still appears to be 32-bit.
Last edited by Ghostbird on Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:51 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Skype 64-bits on Maya Cinnamon seems 32-bits

Post by xenopeek » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:26 am

AFAIK there is no 64 bit version of Skype for Linux. The package for 64 bit systems is basically the 32 bit Skype, with dependency on all the needed 32 bit libraries. It's a 104 MiB download to install Skype on your system, including all its dependencies.

You may instead try the static compiled version of Skype (though I haven't tried it). You can get it here: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-sky ... ter/linux/. Select to download "Static". It is a 39 MiB download, and will not install additional libraries.
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Re: Skype 64-bits on Maya Cinnamon seems 32-bits

Post by Ghostbird » Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:49 am

I installed skype the way you recommended, but it's still 32-bits. Then I realised that's exactly what you said.
I'm not sure yet whether to install ia32-libs and use it, or just do without skype.

Anyway, thanks for solving my question, and providing the link to the static package, solving the problem with the extremely large install. I'm marking this as solved.

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Re: [SOLVED] Skype 64-bits on Maya Cinnamon seems 32-bits

Post by xenopeek » Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:42 am

I don't think ia32-libs is needed. "multiarch", which has separate 32 bit version of libraries available on 64 bit systems (the :i386 appendage to each package name), is deprecating the ia32-libs.
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