[Oneiric] Skype Icon in Unity has problems

Bug #860322 reported by markus haider on 2011-09-27
This bug affects 83 people
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I am using Ubuntu Oneiric Beta2 with the updates of 27th September. I installed skype skype:i386 via the software center. If I start it, the icon appears in the unity panel. When I click on the x (close) in the skype window, skype and the icon disappear (as expected). However, when I restart skype, it tells me that another instance of skype is already running.

Also, if I minimize it, a click on the unity skype icon does not maximize skype only, if focus has been layed on some other window before.

Peter Wolf (onti) wrote :

The first one is not a bug, clicking on x lets Skype disappear but it's still open. You have to click on the small Skype icon at the bottom and close it. Or close it over the file menu...

The second one is a bug with the unity panel and it is affected to many applications, banshee for example. When you minimize an application, compiz crashes sometimes.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-09-30
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Maxxer (lorenzo-milesi) wrote :

Pretty important bug, as I cannot use Skype anymore, not being able to pop it up! And I guess skype is used by a lot of people right now...

Reinhard Tartler (siretart) wrote :

It seems that restarting unity helps, at least on my laptop.

Maxxer (lorenzo-milesi) wrote :

I started skype today and it appeared. Since few days I also have a second battery indicator, smaller than the default one.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the second battery is probably because you whitelisted all systray and gnome-settings-daemon displays a systray icon for the GNOME fallback session

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

i confirm this issue too because i have also noticed this issue.Actually the icon in the top panel is vanished when we close the skype window and there is no other way to close it so we open it again and than i give the error instance is also running.

Gyorgyi Toth (tgyorgyi27) wrote :

@Reinhard: it is enough to shut down Skype and restart it again:

In a terminal windown type

$ killall skype

And then restart Skype from applications or typing it into an Alt+F2 window.

The Skype icon reappears on the panel... for a while at least... But this is a less time-consuming version, and you don' t have to restart all the applications you've been using. This works for other apps the icons of which tend to disappear from the panel, like mail-notification.

On Sa, Okt 15, 2011 at 10:18:55 (CEST), Gyorgyi Toth wrote:

> @Reinhard: it is enough to shut down Skype and restart it again:

I can confirm that this often helps. For me, restarting unity is more

Reinhard Tartler, KeyID 945348A4

zasq (zasq) wrote :

I have exactly the same problem as described by Muhammad running gnome-shell. I use skype very often, so killing and restarting skype is not an option for a longer time. Hope there is a way to fix this bug. If the developers need further information, please let us know... Thanks!

Shavak Sinanan (shavak) wrote :

Hi. I had this problem as soon as I upgraded to Oneiric. Completely removing my current installation of skype and then installing skype:i386 gave me a the Skype icon in the notification area as expected. I hope this helps.

Maurycy (madellus) wrote :

Same problem here, when installed from deb (64bit from skype website).
Reinstallation to skype:i386 package helped (thanks to Shavak).

Maxim Kuznetsov (mackuzzz) wrote :

Not the same but similar: I can give a console command for whitelist without Skype in it, or I can change it in Dconf Editor - Skype icon is always in systray when it's running, and I can't remove it.

SebG (sebg) wrote :

#11 works for me, too. (I updated from natty)

KamikazE (kamikaze-ar) wrote :

I've Ubuntu 11.10 (64bit version) and I was suffering the same bug here. I've removed Skype 64bit (which I downloaded from Skype website) and installed the package skype:i386 from Software Center.
Now Skype doesn't run at all..

start your newly installed skype:i386 from within a terminal and look what (:i386-) libs skype is missing and install them. That normaly fixes the "skype does not work at all" issue ;-)

Julio (julioagm12) wrote :

Same problem here, and i can't fix it.

Steven Wagner (stevenwagner) wrote :

removing the 64 bit version, and installing :386 from software center worked for me.

Domenico Marozzi (mimmo) wrote :

same here with ubuntu 12.04 64 bit version. I don't wat to go back to i386... any workaround?

Ray Wang (raywang) wrote :

Same here with Ubuntu 12.04 amd64

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Please test skype 4.0 and see if that fixes the issue. There have been reports of new skype fixing this issue.

Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Owais Lone (loneowais) wrote :

Skype 4.0 indeed fixes this. I think this can be marked as invalid for Unity

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for unity (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for Unity because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Expired
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