Cannot login to Skype in Linux: Another instance may existMay 4th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Linux / Freebsd
Try deleting the ~/.Skype/shared.xml and shared.lck and ~/.Skype/PROFILENAME/config.lck
next rename .Skype to .Skype_saved and restart skype
You will be able to login correctly but not mcuh good without all your stuff so copy _saved directory over the regular one and see if that helps.
If it doesn’t then check this out:
You need to find out what is using yuor skype files at the moment whichi s causing skype to fail to load
One command to reveal such Skype lockfile-hogging processes is:
$ lsof | grep .Skype
This is going to tell yuo the process that is jamming up the gears.. Just kill it and you’re free!