Skype, Linux and NFS

A problem I found when using the Linux client for Skype is that it will try to perform file locking, which is a problem if your home partition is an NFS drive.

To overcome this limitation, create a directory on the local hard disk:

  1. sudo mkdir /usr/local/skype
  2. sudo chown tom.tom /usr/local/skype

Delete the configuration that Skype attempted to install, and symlink to the directory on the local harddisk:

  1. rm -rf /home/tom/.Skype
  2. ln -s /usr/local/skype /home/tom/.Skype

After this Skype worked as normal.