Getting Skype webcam working

Bart Silverstrim bsilver at
Thu Feb 7 14:15:31 UTC 2008

Colin Brace wrote:
> Unplug the webcam. Run $ dmesg | tail. Plug in the webcam. Run $ dmesg
> again. What is the output?
> If dmesg indicates only a new USB device and nothing more, then your
> webcam isn't recognized by any of the standard kernel modules.

My webcam (also a Logitech) creates a device at /dev/video0 when it's 
plugged in, but the default permissions only allow Root to access it.  I 
usually just quickly run sudo chmod 777 /dev/video0 so my normal user 
login can get to it, otherwise I have to sudo <application> to have 
video open properly.

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