Getting Skype webcam working

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Feb 7 17:59:04 UTC 2008

Bart Silverstrim wrote:

> 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

It's so much easier to set group ownership in udev, set permissions to 660,
and add yourself to the group :-)

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