Can not open Gnome snaps as they are not connected to «gnome platform snap»

Bug #1785410 reported by Mathias Bynke
This bug affects 8 people
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Zygmunt Krynicki
snapd (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After upgrading Ubuntu from 17.10 to 18.04.1 I can no longer start gnome-system-monitor or any of the other snaps named «gnome-*» (that were installed automatically).

Trying to open System monitor using its icon, nothing happens apart from a spinning mouse pointer appearing for a few seconds.

Trying to run «gnome-system-monitor» from the terminal fails immediately with this output:
/snap/gnome-system-monitor/51/bin/desktop-launch: line 23: /home/mathias/.config/user-dirs.dirs: Permission denied
You need to connect this snap to the gnome platform snap.

You can do this with those commands:
snap install gnome-3-26-1604
snap connect gnome-system-monitor:gnome-3-26-1604 gnome-3-26-1604

(the '3-26-1604' number defines the platform version and might change)

This is the output from «snap list»:
Name Version Rev Tracking Publisher Notes
amparemarkdownreader 1.0.0 1 stable juthawong -
atom 1.28.2 185 stable snapcrafters classic
core 16-2.33.1 4917 stable canonical core
gitkraken 3.6.6 74 stable mmtrt -
gnome-3-26-1604 3.26.0 70 stable canonical -
gnome-calculator 3.28.2 180 stable/… canonical -
gnome-characters 3.28.2 103 stable/… canonical -
gnome-logs 3.28.2 37 stable/… canonical -
gnome-system-monitor 3.28.2 51 stable/… canonical -
gtk-common-themes 0.1 319 stable/… canonical -
signal-desktop 1.15.0 69 stable snapcrafters -

Running gnome-calculator, gnome-characters, gnome-logs or gnome-system-monitor using «snap run gnome-calculator» etc. gives similar results – with one exception: gnome-system-monitor is the only one that gives the «Permission denied» line quoted above. Interestingly, simply running the command «gnome-calculator» works. Maybe I have it installed both as a snap and as a normal application?

I tested following the instructions for gnome-system-monitor and gnome-logs, and that does indeed fix the problem for those snaps, and I can now launch System monitor normally. But there should of course be no need for me to fix this in the first place.

I filed this bug using «ubuntu-bug snapd» as it is obviously related to snap, but I am by no means sure that this is where the problem is. I have installed all available updates.

«snap version» gives the following output:
snap 2.34.2+18.04
snapd 2.34.2+18.04
series 16
ubuntu 18.04
kernel 4.15.0-29-generic

I am happy to provide more information to help get this issue fixed.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: snapd 2.34.2+18.04
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-29.31-generic 4.15.18
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-29-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia_modeset nvidia
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Sat Aug 4 19:48:56 2018
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-05-01 (825 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Release amd64 (20160420.1)
SourcePackage: snapd
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to bionic on 2018-07-23 (11 days ago)

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Mathias Bynke (mabynke) wrote :
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in snapd (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Ken VanDine (ken-vandine) wrote :

I've seen this happen a couple of times. Running snap-discard-ns seems to resolve it.

There seems to be relatively regular posts about people running into this and sadly the advice is usually to replace the snap with the deb. See

Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga)
Changed in snapd:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga)
Zygmunt Krynicki (zyga)
Changed in snapd:
milestone: none → 2.39
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