Skype on pure Slackware64

If the only 32bit program you need is Skype, you probably do not want to “contaminate” your 64bit Slackware with a compat32 layer and replace your stock gcc-* and glibc-* just for it. Well, there’s a solution to this. Some time ago I came across this discussion at LQ. Basically, zerouno created a SlackBuild that will download the static Skype version and install a 32bit compatibility layer in a custom location, just for it. Neat. Unfortunately there is no ready package for Slackware64 14.1 at the moment, so I just modified the existing SlackBuild script from here. I changed the following:

SLACK=${SLACK:-14.1}
PKGNAME=skype_static
VERSION=${VERSION:-4.2.0.11}
BUILD=${BUILD:-1}
TAG=${TAG:-sl}
ARCH=${ARCH:-x86_64}
SOURCE=http://download.skype.com/linux/skype-$VERSION.tar.bz2

Now, when you execute the script it will download version 4.2.0.11 of Skype and the 32bit libraries for Slackware 14.1. If you look at the ready package, you will see that the 32bit libraries are installed to /usr/share/skype/lib32/ location. Great!

EDIT (10 Jan 2014): A ready to download package is available from Slacky.eu

EDIT (24 Sep 2014): With the new Skype 4.3 and PulseAudio introduced as a dependency, things became more complicated. Luckily, Zerouno prepared a new all-in-one package, which you can find also at Slacky.eu. I have not tested this myself, as I am running a -multilib system.

UPDATE (28 Feb 2015): you may wish to check these alternative approaches: Sound in Skype 4.3 and Sound in Skype via apulse. Currently, I use the latter.

UPDATE (23 Jul 2016): Going through this discussion at LQ, it seems that zerouno prepared a package for Slackware 14.2. I have not tried it, as I am running a -multilib system where Skype just works thanks to the addition of PulseAudio to the distribution.


12 Comments on “Skype on pure Slackware64”

  1. Wantoo Sevin says:

    Wow, what a great tip. I don’t like using it but sometimes you have to, so this build is the perfect solution. Thanks!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m get segmentation fault.

  3. ryanpcmcquen says:

    I would love to see this on slackbuilds.org.

  4. “EDIT (24 Sep 2014): With the new Skype 4.3 and PulseAudio introduced as a dependency, things became more complicated. Luckily, Zerouno prepared a new all-in-one package, which you can find also at Slacky.eu. I have not tested this myself, as I am running a -multilib system.”

    This work in my computer. Thank you very much. :D

  5. […] (28.02.2015): you may wish to check these alternative approaches: Skype on pure Slackware64 and Sound in Skype via apulse. Currently, I use the […]

  6. oliviervoutat says:

    I’m using the script from slackbuilds. I installed multilib, but I always have segmentation fault… arggghhhh

  7. […] I rarely use Adobe Acrobat Reader, I have Skype running on my phone and, there’s of course ZeroUno’s package if I happen to need Skype on my computer. I decided to simply use slackpkg, to clean up the system […]


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