Skype – Segmentation fault (core dumped) – FIX!

On Skype 4.1 under Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 I received this today:

Segmentation Fault (Core Dumped)

Not the best thing when you need to get on Skype for work.  It seems to be something introduced since an update to libqtwebkit version 2.3.0.  If you can, downgrade to a previous version to fix the issue.  If not, a work around is to use the MESA driver on the command line as so:

LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/libGL.so.1 skype

This will launch Skype and bypass the seg fault.

20 thoughts on “Skype – Segmentation fault (core dumped) – FIX!”

  1. Hi!

    What the hell is going on here? oO Does the qtwebkit 2.3 version depend upon new symbols of libmesa? Can you explain what is wrong here?

    Still thanks very much!

  2. I’m not actually sure what causes the issue. All I know is the package that upgraded was qtwebkit and bang, it went to sh!t. There’s a lot of posts in launchpad about the bugs and killing Skype is a serious issue for a lot of people these days. Most people said to force downgrade qtwebkit to cure the problem but just launching with using libmesa bypasses the issue. I use NVidia so I’m guessing it’s something between the QTWebkit and NVidia driver that causes the segfault, but by using yee old libmesa it waltzes past it.

  3. Thanks a ton for the workaround. You saved me. I had a call I nneded to get too really bad. Thought I was in a lot of trouble. Your workaround was great. I owe you a beer, or pepsi, whatever your poison.

  4. Man its mesa drivers i believe… by running sudo apt-get install libegl1* (when i ran apt-cache search mesa i got tons of libegl1 results) it got FIXED!!!

    So It was mesa after all :)

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