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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009

    Skype 4.2 & Ubuntu 12.04LTS


    I am posting my problem and answer; hope it helps others.

    Webcam old logitech; works with Cheese, doesn't work with Skype 4.2 on Ubuntu Precise 12.04LTS.

    I tried LD_PRELOADing per various posts, failed. Found out that there are 'i386' and 'x86_64' versions to preload, e.g.

    LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype
    For me, Precise 12.04LTS has the 'x86_64' version, but not the 'i386'; where to find? See this link:

    I used Synaptic to install 'ia32-libs'. May be 'overkill' in terms of it loaded ~170+ libraries/files, but it will do the trick.

    Then, modified the properties of the Skype icon launcher to:
    env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libv4l/ /usr/bin/skype
    Webcam works in Skype. Note: webcam will not work in Cheese and Skype at the same time.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2007

    Re: Skype 4.2 & Ubuntu 12.04LTS

    If you just want one 32-bit library, use this format:
    sudo apt-get install libv4l-0:i386
    However, you probably did need some of theother 32-bit libs that ia32-libs installs.

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