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I have a lot of history in Skype v 4.2, but now it is deprecated cause of "cloud" conversations in new Skype versions. Now I installed Skype 4.3.0.37-1 on Ubuntu 14.04 (and my co-worker on his Debian 7) and I wondered I loss all history before 20th may 2014. How can I to integrate old history (I backuped ~/.Skype folder) to new Skype?

  • Did you delete the old skype folder? Maybe Skype now is in .skype instead of .Skype? – davidbaumann Jun 18 '14 at 15:33
  • I renamed it. No, it creates .Skype folder too. – Guy Fawkes Jun 18 '14 at 15:42
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You can try merging two databases with Skyperious.

Now, Skype might refuse to start due to malformed old messages. Open terminal, intall sqlite3 if necessary and:

sqlite3 ~/.Skype/[username]/main.db
> UPDATE Messages SET body_xml=substr(body_xml,instr(body_xml,'<files')) WHERE type=68 AND body_xml LIKE 'posted%';
> UPDATE Messages SET body_xml=substr(body_xml,instr(body_xml,'<files')) WHERE type=68 AND body_xml LIKE 'sent file%';
> .quit

If it still does not start (very likely if you are using non-English version of Skype), you can try running following query in sqlite3 and look through results to find other types of entries worth fixing:

SELECT Messages SET body_xml=substr(body_xml,instr(body_xml,'<files')) WHERE type=68
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I restored the history of past chat. Steps are given below:

  1. Before installing new skype take backup of old skype folder from your home location. Folder is named as .Skype and rename it to .Skype.old
  2. Install the new skype. It will create new folder named .Skype
  3. Now visit your backup folder. i.e .Skype.old and there will be the folder having name as your skype username. Copy this folder and paste into .Skype folder.
  4. Restart your skype and your chat history will be restored.

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