Skype complains “can’t write to file” when receiving upload

When a friend tried to upload some files via Skype to my PC it kept failing, Skype 2.1.0.47 for Ubuntu complained “can’t write to file” as soon as I accepted the upload.

Here’s the solution:

First, I created a world-writable directory

mkdir /home/nick/skype-uploads
chmod 777 /home/nick/skype-uploads

I opened the File Transfer dialog, clicked the sprocked icon and selected Change Default Download Directory.... After setting that directory to my fresh skype-uploads dir uploads worked!

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