Skype has double entry in Software Center

Asked by lunix

I am noticing that the Software Center has two entries on my system for Skype.
They are both identical although different wording. Mine says:
Skype (followed by stars (502))
skype (Notice the lowercase 's' in Skype.

Then below is another instance that reads:
Skype (followed by stars (502))
Skype Internet Telephony

Skype claims this is a bug in the SoftWare Center but so far I can't figure out where the entries really are
and what to do about.

If I delete one of these then Skype is gone and I am convinced by clicking on "More Info"
that they are the same.

Now what I have determined is that this only happens when Ubuntu 12.04 was not freshly installed
but was done via the upgrade method over the Internet. If one does a fresh install then the
Software Center does not have the duplication.

Does anyone else see this or have an idea how I can clean it up?

I would prefer to get responses from people who have also seen this and have found a solution
rather than rampant speculation.

I can send a screen shot to anyone requesting directly to their email account. I have tried many things
to fix this which include:

sudo dpkg -i <deb_file_name>.deb
This will install the package but in case the package depends on any
other package, it will lead to broken package, which you can fix by
opening synaptic and going to edit menu and select "fix broken packages"
and than apply.

Quick and dirty, but works till the fix is available.

To install deb package simply open terminal by "Ctrl+Alt+T" and type
"sudo dpkg -i /deb/destination/package.deb" then "sudo apt-get install -f"
to fix the dependencies.
Problem in ubuntu software center in 12.04
First, file a bug report.
Then your best bet is probably to uninstall and reinstall Software
Center- this has fixed about every USC problem I've come across.


sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center
Didn't work for one person so he tried.
sudo apt-get remove software-center --purge
 or apt-get remove --purge software-center
    or apt-get purge sotware-center
sudo apt-get install software-center
If you get "Reading package lists... Error!
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists
Do: (reinstalls the files fresh)
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

can you give the output of:

lsb_release -a; uname -a; echo; dpkg -l | grep -i skype


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lunix (bob-l-lewis) said :

LSB Version: core-2.0-amd64:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-amd64:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-amd64:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-amd64:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release: 12.04
Codename: precise
Linux felton 3.2.0-25-generic #40-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 23 20:30:51 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

ii skype Skype

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

ok and:

apt-cache policy skype


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lunix (bob-l-lewis) said :

  Version table:
 *** 0
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status 0
        500 precise/partner amd64 Packages

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Looks fine, you installed Skype from the deb file, this is fine

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lunix (bob-l-lewis) said :

It works fine but I have a double entry in the Software Center that is disturbing when contrasted to everything else.
I could send you a screen shot privately so you can see this for youself if you like.
Thanks for all the help so far.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Not sure then. I've not used software centre in a long time. You could report a bug.

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lunix (bob-l-lewis) said :

Synaptic Package Manager does not show the dual entries so I guess it is bug time. Thanks for your time and help.

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

ubuntu-bug software-center

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lunix (bob-l-lewis) said :

It's not solved and I did take the advise and created a bug report.