I discovered through trial-and-error and then finally from a response on a forum that the pacman -S skype won’t work for installing Skype these days since it’s too old and outdated. (Or something along those lines)
Instead, download the snapshot file from here: https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/skypeforlinux/
Extract the files to a folder.
CD into the directory and then: (NOT using sudo) Run:
This will make everything, install dependencies, make the package, install the package.
Installing packages from the AUR is a relatively simple process.
- Acquire the build files, including the PKGBUILD and possibly other required files, like systemd units and patches (often not the actual code).
- Verify that the PKGBUILD and accompanying files are not malicious or untrustworthy.
makepkg -siin the directory where the files are saved. This will download the code, resolve the dependencies with pacman, compile it, package it, and install the package.