skype from the CLI

Karl Auer kauer at
Mon Jun 30 02:35:52 UTC 2014

On Mon, 2014-06-30 at 01:38 +0000, thufir wrote:
> Ah, yes, so it seems to be:
> skype --callto <nick>
> or
> skype --callto <number>
> but the help says:
> skype:<nick>?<action>   what does this mean?

I think you are confusing the CLI format (--callto) with the URL format
(skype:). In both cases, though, the angle brackets are should be

When Skype is not running, --callto does nothing except start Skype. If
Skype is already running, running "skype --callto echo123" will work as
expected (notice that the test service is called "echo123", not "echo").

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at

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