Installing jitsi (previously known as SIP-Communicator) on Debian Squeeze

I’ve noticed a few promoted methods on how to install SIP-Communicator (now known as jitsi). The problem is, none of them work. That is, if you try to install using the instructions labelled with the predicated name (manually editing sources.list), you can’t add the keys –causing GPT error warnings. Here’s how I got it installed and working.

I found that a few days after reporting the error to the corresponding IRC, the following instructions appeared at the jitsi homepage.

” .. just download and install Jitsi’s deb package. It will automatically add our repository to your system so that it will keep Jitsi up to date

So that’s what I did. I went to <http://download.jitsi.org/deb/unstable/>, downloaded the package corresponding to my processor and installed it with dpkg -i, and you would think it would work. It didn’t. It turns out I needed to install libxalan2-java and libxerces2-java, only they don’t tell you this anywhere. I think I clued onto the first missing dependency via an aptitude or wajig complaint. Then, upon trying to install the package mentioned in the error message, it further complained about the second missing dependency.

Still, then, I was dumbfounded by the following error (and failure to start the app).

“jitsi was interrupted by a segmentation fault.”

A few updates (and days) later, the problem resolved itself. There seems to be an update everyday, since it’s the nightly version that installs. So, problems are going to get fixed rather fast.

Jitsi is turning out to be a great app, but they need to keep on top of Debian install problems. I hope my trials and tribulations help anyone else wanting to install jitsi.

Maurice Cepeda

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3 thoughts on “Installing jitsi (previously known as SIP-Communicator) on Debian Squeeze

  1. Pingback: Links 27/5/2011: GNU/Linux in North Korea, Bodhi Linux 1.1.0 Released | Techrights

  2. Wow, Simon Phipps from Computer World UK – IT Management recommends my tiny article (see Dr. Schestowitz’s blog) on how to install jitsu onto Debian! See the above bingback.

    The things you spend the least amount of time on, get noticed the most.

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