LD_PRELOAD is a tool to point a program (here Skype) to search for libraries in places that are not stored in its data base.
As we saw LD_PRELOAD works in Terminal but not in *.desktop file in Xfce.
Additionally LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so is deleted by Skype immediately after it start and reads it.
Then you better create a custom launcher with this Terminal command
and use it instead of a .desktop file.
I tried it and clicking on "run in terminal" and an empty terminal screen shows with no user to login.
Also tried Exec='LD_PRELOAD=/usr/lib/libv4l/v4l1compat.so /usr/bin/skype' and no launch.
OK, this is getting silly. In your /home/<you>
directory, create a new directory named bin
. Copy the purple
text below into your text editor, press the Enter
key to start a new line, and Save As /home/<you>/bin/skypeload
# Name: skypeload
Open the ~/bin
directory, right click on the skypeload
file and choose Properties
. Click the Permissions
tab and mark the file as executable.
By default, your ~/bin
directory is in your $PATH, If you open a terminal, and at the prompt type;[<you>@localhost ~]$ skypeload
Skype should launch. If that works for you, close Skype by right clicking the icon in the system tray and choosing Close
Again, edit the /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
file to change the Exec=
then save the file
. Log out, then log in. In your main menu, in the Internet
section, click the Skype
icon and see if Skype now launches.
If Skype still fails to launch, copy the /usr/share/applications/skype.desktop
file to your desktop
, and try launching from that icon.