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Come on Microsoft, fix Skype for Linux

06/23/20

  04:07:00 pm by wdawe, Categories: General

Microsoft has done a good job of keeping Skype for Linux up to date with one glaring exception. When you install Skype for Linux from the rpm it won't start. If you dig down into the Skype log which is found in ~/.config/skypeforlinux/logs/skype-startup.log on Centos no matter what you might see on the internet You will find the following message

FATAL:setuid_sandbox_host.cc(157)] The SUID sandbox helper binary was found,
but is not configured correctly. Rather than run without sandboxing I'm aborting now.
You need to make sure that /usr/share/skypeforlinux/chrome-sandbox is owned by root
and has mode 4755

running chmod 4755 /usr/share/skypeforlinux/chrome-sandbox as root fixes the problem. Unfortunately every time you update Skype you have to do this again! Since you have to install the rpm as root it should be a simple task to fix this but this problem as existed for quite a while. Come on Microsoft don't be so passive aggressive and fix this up!

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