Classic snaps do not work on Fedora

Bug #1736939 reported by Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 🦄 on 2017-12-07
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snapcraft (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

This bug is to track the issue previously discussed on the forum at dating back to Oct 27th 2017.

"Back in April in the Call for testing: snapd 2.23 ( on Fedora thread, @morphis mentioned that “classic snaps: Snaps using classic confinement are not working yet.”. Is there a plan for when this will work? I just tested a couple of snaps on Fedora 27 here and got execv failed: No such file or directory. We have a few high profile applications in the store which are classic and would be great to have working cross-distro."

In addition to Fedora, classic snaps do not work on Arch Linux (including Antergos and Manjaro)

Evan (ev) on 2017-12-08
description: updated
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

We recently improved the situation. The problem is that classic snaps do not work on distros that do not use the /snap directory. The current snapd (definitely in edge but I think at least candidate as well) will detect this and show instructions what to do:
fmt.Errorf(i18n.G("classic confinement requires snaps under /snap or symlink from /snap to %s"), dirs.SnapMountDir)
Or is there a different classic issue?

Changed in snapd:
status: New → Incomplete

On my fedora system I have /snap symlinked to /var/lib/snapd/snap

When I run a classic snap (such as teleconsole) it says "execv failed: No such file or directory".

These are the instructions we use to install snapd and setup the /snap folder.

The problem on Fedora needs further investigation. Given how classic snaps are packages, this may easily be a problem with the snap itself.

FWIW. teleconsole 0.3.1 (3) seems to work just fine on Arch.

Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga) wrote :

Maciej just committed a fix for classic confinement on Fedora and similar systems.

Opened a PR that should address the problem on Fedora and other distributions where snapd libexedir is different from /usr/lib/snapd.

Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2018-01-04
Changed in snapd:
status: Incomplete → In Progress
Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :

We've tested classic snaps on Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04 (daily), Debian 9, Solus, elementary, OpenSUSE, Arch Linux, KDE Neon, Atergos, Linux Mint, Manjaro and Fedora 27.

All worked with our selection of classic snaps with the exception of Fedora, where classic snaps do not work.

summary: - Classic snaps do not work on some Linux distros
+ Classic snaps do not work on Fedora
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in snapcraft (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

What's the plan for this fix landing? I'm keen to be able to test this on Fedora 27.

Neal has pushed an update to 2.30. From what Zyga reported, things looked very good.

Can fetch the packages from here and verify on your machine?

This appears to now be fixed! Thanks

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