Installing Skype on Debian x64: pkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype


Solution 1

When a package fails to configure, you can install the missing dependencies after the fact using apt-get install -f. Here is the description of -f from the documentation:

  -f, --fix-broken
     Fix; attempt to correct a system with broken dependencies in place.
     This option, when used with install/remove, can omit any packages to 
     permit APT to deduce a likely solution. 

If the package installation fails prior to the configure step do to dependencies, then those packages need to be installed manually. This is because the package declares Pre-depends rather than Depends on those packages.

Solution 2

dependancies are packages your package needs to run ( for example libraries etc ). If you install a package trough aptitude / apt / synaptic this will check for the dependancies and download them.

If you download a .deb file and try to install it manually this might not be the case. As posted before you need to install the required packages before installing skype again:


aptitude install lib32stdc++6 lib32asound2 ia32-libs libc6-i386 lib32gcc1 ia32-libs-gtk

I'm not 100% sure the above command will work. If aptitude / apt complains that it can not find a package you can search the repositories for the correct name:

aptitude search ia32-libs

then, once that all these packages are installed you can install skype again:

dpkg -i skype-install.deb

Solution 3

Older info: Debian Jessie x64 KDE (back when it was still "testing")

These commands are what works for me:

$ wget -O skype-install.deb
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# aptitude update
# dpkg -i skype-install.deb
# aptitude install -f libc6:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 libqt4-dbus:i386\
  libqt4-network:i386 libqt4-xml:i386 libqtcore4:i386 libqtgui4:i386\
  libqtwebkit4:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libx11-6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxss1:i386\
  libxv1:i386 libssl1.0.0:i386 libpulse0:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386

Some of the packages above are dependent on each other, so this is a bit redundant, but in any case these are what skype-install.deb states as missing dependencies in my system.

Updated info: Debian Jessie x64 (which is "stable" atm)

A simpler and more generic set of commands, which works for KDE for certain, but should work for any environment:

$ wget -O skype-install.deb
# dpkg --add-architecture i386
# aptitude update
# gdebi skype-install.deb

More info can also be found on the debian wiki page.

Solution 4

Open synaptic and install packages that are not installed.

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Updated on June 28, 2022


  • Kolyunya
    Kolyunya less than a minute

    I'm trying to install Skype using this manual. I successfully download the package using the command:

    wget -O skype-install.deb

    but when I try to install the package I get some errors about dependencies:

    [email protected]:~# dpkg -i skype-install.deb
    (Reading database ... 27918 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace skype (using skype-install.deb) ...
    Unpacking replacement skype ...
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of skype:
     skype depends on lib32stdc++6 (>= 4.1.1-21); however:
      Package lib32stdc++6 is not installed.
     skype depends on lib32asound2 (>> 1.0.14); however:
      Package lib32asound2 is not installed.
     skype depends on ia32-libs; however:
      Package ia32-libs is not installed.
     skype depends on libc6-i386 (>= 2.7-1); however:
      Package libc6-i386 is not installed.
     skype depends on lib32gcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1-21+ia32.libs.1.19); however:
      Package lib32gcc1 is not installed.
     skype depends on ia32-libs-gtk; however:
      Package ia32-libs-gtk is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing skype (--install):
     dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:

    How can I fix this?

  • Kolyunya
    Kolyunya almost 10 years
    I don't have any GUI, only command line.
  • Kolyunya
    Kolyunya almost 10 years
    Thanks! I installed libraries using apt-get -f install
  • Goez
    Goez almost 10 years
    that is also a possibility :-)
  • jordanm
    jordanm almost 10 years
    @Kolyunya - That's what I would consider the correct answer, and it's not mentioned in the answer you accepted.
  • Goez
    Goez almost 10 years
    someone is hunting for karma :/
  • Emanuel Berg
    Emanuel Berg almost 10 years
    @Kolyunya: How do you run Skype without a GUI? For me, when I type skype nothing happens for some seconds, then the process terminates. (And there is no man page for Skype.)