[CentOS] Installing skype in CentOS 5

Johnny Hughes johnny at centos.org
Mon Nov 12 13:34:18 UTC 2007

Dag Wieers wrote:
> On Mon, 12 Nov 2007, Johnny Hughes wrote:
>> Andrew Allen wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2007-11-09 at 03:47 +0100, Dag Wieers wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 8 Nov 2007, Andrew Allen wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, 2007-11-07 at 13:06 -0800, James A. Peltier wrote:
>>>>>> Andrew Allen wrote:
>>>>>>> Having just upgraded my system from CentOS 4.4 to 5.0, I'm a bit
>>>>>>> disappointed that I still can't install skype from the skype repo using
>>>>>>> yum - when I try yum install skype, I end up with:
>>>>>>> libsigc++20-2.0.17-1.el5. 100% |=========================| 217 kB
>>>>>>> 00:13
>>>>>>> ---> Package libsigc++20.i386 0:2.0.17-1.el5.rf set to be updated
>>>>>>> --> Running transaction check
>>>>>>> --> Processing Dependency: qt4-x11 >= 4.2 for package: skype
>>>>>>> --> Finished Dependency Resolution
>>>>>>> Error: Missing Dependency: qt4-x11 >= 4.2 is needed by package skype
>>>>>>> Any ideas please as to how this can be overcome so that I can install
>>>>>>> and run this very useful utility?
>>>>>> I had a hell of a time getting this to work.  I ended up installing the
>>>>>> older version of skype (
>>>>>> As far as usefulness goes, you may want to look at alternatives such as
>>>>>> Ekiga, which are free, cross platform and use open standards.   It's far
>>>>>> less useful when it has had the video guts ripped out of it (which the
>>>>>> GNU/Linux client does not support video).
>>>>>> Ekiga is in CentOS 5 base.
>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>> Actually Ekiga is already installed in my CentOS 5 system - one question
>>>>> though - can I communicate with skype users via Ekiga?
>>>> How about using the Beta skype at:
>>>> 	http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/beta/choose/
>>>> The offer a package specially made for CentOS and you only require qt4. I
>>>> installed it without any problems. Haven't tested the video-stuff yet
>>>> though :/
>>> Thanks Dag,
>>> Im a bit puzzled though because, according to my previous yum operation
>>> (see above), skype needs qt 4.2 (as the missing dependency error
>>> indicates) and the link above also says that the beta skype for CentOS
>>> needs qt 4.2.1+ - but yum list skype on my system says
>>> qt.i386          1:3.3.6-20.el5         installed
>>> Is this OK for the beta skype or do I need to update to
>>> qt.i386          1:3.3.6-23.el5
>>> or what?
>> The RPMS in question are not designed for CentOS, but are designed for
>> Fedora.
>> Skype makes a statically compiled version of the program.  I use it
>> every day on CentOS-5 without problem.
>> Upgrading to QT 4 is not, IMHO, a very good idea if you want other
>> things to work that are compile against qt3 ... that is just my opinion.
> Johnny,
> CentOS offers both qt and qt4 packages on CentOS 5.

Thanks .. right, can install qt4 as well as qt ... let me see if I can
make that work :D

> Skype does make a CentOS package available that looks pretty much as if it
> has been build on CentOS as well. They even advertise it using the CentOS
> logo.

I see, for the newer Beta version.  Thank you for pointing that out.

> See the link for yourself:
> 	http://www.skype.com/intl/en/download/skype/linux/beta/choose/
> Package installs without a problem.
> 	[dag at rhun dag]# rpm -q skype
> 	skype-

Thank you very much for pointing out that new beta version.  I will add
that to the wiki as well.

Johnny Hughes

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