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Snap packages and MX Linux

Running snap packages (snaps) is problematic on our default MX setup because of a couple of factors.

  1. snapd (the snaps backend) requires systemd and we use sysVinit by default
  2. snapd confinement doesn’t like the symlink we use to link /tmp to /var/tmp.

If you boot into systemd instead of the default sysVinit, you should be able to run snaps: when the GRUB screen is displayed on boot, click on Advanced options… and select to use systemd. You may also need to change the user’s PATH-variable to include /snap/bin

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4 thoughts on “Snap packages and MX Linux”

    • I run snaps all the time, you just need to be running systemd.

      I’ve only run across one snap that is problematic, and that’s telegram-desktop. I currently use the flatpak for that, and have chromium and xonotic snaps. (the chromium flatpak doesn’t work).

      I have a video on snaps and mx on my youtube channel.


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