Fixing Skype for Linux crash when selecting “Send File” on openSUSE 13.2

Skype for Linux is historically notorious for being rather buggy, and Microsoft having bought Skype can only make this worse as far as I am concerned. In recent times, I have noticed it picking up a problem where it will crash “like that”, if you click the “Send File” option.

I have encountered this issue on openSUSE 13.1 in the past, and on 13.2 just today. When I encountered the problem on openSUSE 13.1 it was right after I applied a method for KDE integration described in SDB:Skype on the openSUSE wiki. This suggests to install the package kdebase4-workspace-liboxygenstyle-32bit, however this caused Skype to crash on me back then. After removing the package again, the problem went away.

Today I have been setting my system up after upgrading to openSUSE 13.2, and I noticed Skype crashing again when using “Send File”. After back-stepping various tweaks I made to the system, I discovered that I had, by accident, installed the troublesome kdebase4-workspace-liboxygenstyle-32bit package. However, removing it, on its own, did not seem to resolve the issue, even after a full reboot. My laptop, also running openSUSE 13.2, did not have this package, so by asking YaST to install it (Although not clicking “Accept”) I was able to see precisely which dependencies it had pulled in. After pulling all of those out, Skype stopped crashing, yay! ūüėÄ

Anybody who encounters this problem with Skype for Linux crashing when selecting the “Send File” option, can run the following command to pull out the above mentioned packages:

su -c “zypper rm kdebase4-workspace-liboxygenstyle-32bit kdebase4-workspace-libs-32bit libakonadi4-32bit libakonadiprotocolinternals1-32bit libassuan0-32bit libattica0_4-32bit libclucene-core1-32bit libclucene-shared1-32bit libdbusmenu-qt2-32bit libdmtx0-32bit libgif6-32bit libgpgme11-32bit libical1-32bit libkactivities6-32bit libkde4-32bit libkdecore4-32bit libkdepimlibs4-32bit libksuseinstall1-32bit libphonon4-32bit libprison0-32bit libpulse-mainloop-glib0-32bit libqca2-32bit libqjson0-32bit libqrencode3-32bit libsoprano4-32bit libstreamanalyzer0-32bit libutempter0-32bit libXRes1-32bit libXtst6-32bit”

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