Skype on FreeBSD / amd64 - what's the trick?

David Reid david at
Tue Jan 3 12:58:58 PST 2006

Arno J. Klaassen wrote:
> Fernando Schapachnik <fernando at> writes:
>>En un mensaje anterior, Torfinn Ingolfsen escribió:
>>>I tried to install Skype on my amd64 machine, running FreeBSD
>>>root at kg-quiet# uname -a
>>>FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE FreeBSD 6.0-STABLE #1: Thu Dec 22
>>>06:29:24 CET 2005     root at 
>>>Looking at the makefile, I could see that the port was supposed to work
>>>on both i386 and amd64, adn thought the install would go smoothly.
>>>Boy, was I wrong.
>>>It seems that the port net/skype depends on graphics/linux_dri, but the
>>>latter (linux_dri) is i386 only.
>>>So, what's the trick to get Skype installed on amd64?
>>If you have a 32-bit linux environment in place, just comment the 
>>i386 only line of the linux_dri Makefile. It worked for me and skype 
>>works fine.
> there seem to be serious problems on many configurations with linux_dri
> on amd64;
> I just made a symlink ->
> in /compat/linux/usr/X11R6/lib; this make Skype happy (which
> does not seem to need reel GL functionality, just a valid
> to start-up) and prevents my linux-apps which really use GL to bomb.

I tried this and it worked! Now, if I can just figure out why my
microphone doesn't work with it I'll have a working skype setup.
Microphone doesn't seem to work under i386 either, so must be some
setting I'm not getting right I guess...

Thanks for the tip!


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