Install Skype on Gentoo 64 bit

Hey there folks , just a small background first 🙂 i used to install multilib gentoo on my machines but this time i have installed a pure  64 bit OS. I was happy but then OOps when i need to install  skype i had major issues like package blocking , stable / unstable pkg mixing. After hours of reading and help form #gentoo at  i was able to install skype properly without breaking my system.

Below is little how to on installing skype on 64 bit gentoo

do emerge -Dvp skype

check what all packages require ~amd64 and put them in /etc/portage/package.accept_keywords thats how i have done it. An example entry is below


Once done fire the below command

emerge -avuDN @world

and see how many packages need “abi_x86_32” to be enabled in USE flag. Make a list and then put them in /etc/portage/package.use/pkg name.

Just to show an example please see below entry for one of the pkg which requires abi_x86_32 enabled in use flag

sys-libs/zlib abi_x86_32

Once you have put all the pkg entries in package.use do

emerge -Dv skype and  here you go you will have your skype working on 64bit system and you have mixed stable / unstable pkgs without breaking your system.

My entries in package.use

alsa-lib expat graphite2 jpeg libgcrypt libpcre libX11 libXft libXxf86vm pixman qtgui tcp-wrappers xproto
attr flac gst-plugins-base json libgpg-error libpng libXau libXi llvm pkgconfig qtsql udev zlib
bzip2 fontconfig gstreamer lcms libiconv libpthread-stubs libxcb libxml2 lzo presentproto qtwebkit util-linux
cairo freetype harfbuzz libasyncns libintl libSM libXcursor libXrender mesa pulseaudio readline vlibffi
damageproto glib icu libcap libjpeg-turbo libsndfile libXdamage libXScrnSaver ncurses qt3support recordproto xextproto
dri2proto glproto inputproto libdrm libogg libudev libXdmcp libxshmfence openssl qtbus renderproto xf86driproto
dri3proto gpm iputils libffi libpciaccess libvorbis libXext libXtst pango qtcore sqlite xf86vidmodeproto

Thats quite alot  damn 🙂

Have FUN ……