Snap out of it
Posted on June 8, 2020 • 2 minutes • 246 words
There has been a lot of bad news about snap recently. I’m not a fan, and it looks like other people are speaking out too. Linux Mint has even decided to drop snap altogether.
If you’re looking to drop snap here’s how to make sure it stays off your system.
First check if you have any snaps installed. If you do you should write them down and try installing them with apt.
snap list No snaps are installed yet. Try 'snap install hello-world'.
Now you’re ready to remove snapd
sudo apt remove --purge snapd gnome-software-plugin-snap
Once it’s removed you can block it from being reinstalled via apt.
sudo cat << EOF > /etc/apt/preferences.d/snapd Package: snapd Pin: origin * Pin-Priority: -1 EOF
After you have blocked it if you try to install it again (or another package tries to install it via a dependency) you’ll see the following message.
sudo apt install snapd Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package snapd is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package 'snapd' has no installation candidate
Ubuntu devs, please remove snapd from being installed by default and let users opt-in to using it if they want. Don’t play tricks with empty packages to drive adoption of your proprietary technology, or require users to use debian repos to install packages without snapd .