Skype not shown as installation candidate

Bug #1567630 reported by Gunnar Hjalmarsson on 2016-04-07
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This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
appstream (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned
gnome-software (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned
skype (Ubuntu)
Medium
Unassigned

Bug Description

I activated Canonical Partners, but Skype did not show up when I used gnome-software to search for it.

I have a theory (unconfirmed):

I used a 64 bits Xenial, with only amd64 architecture enabled. While the .deb package skype is amd64, it's a meta package. The skype-bin package, with the important files including the .desktop file, is i386.

So possibly skype would have showed up in gnome-software if I had first enabled i386 with

dpkg --add-architecture i386

OTOH, even if that's the case, I don't think it ought to be necessary. When using Synaptic, skype was shown.

A possible fix (workaround?) would be to move the .desktop file from skype-bin to skype.

Anyway, I could successfully install Skype from command line, and then it showed up in gnome-software. However, bug #1563322 applies to Skype too.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in skype (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: gnome-software xenial
Changed in skype (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Matthias Klumpp (ximion) wrote :

Probably an issue with AppStream and multiarch not being compatible at time... I designed a spec extension for that and did some code changes, but this stuff didn't receive enough testing yet so it isn't enabled in the LTS.
There are also quite some corner cases which need to be addressed before this can be activated.
A workaround would be do ship a dedicated AppStream snippet for Skype manually.

Changed in appstream (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Medium
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