Unable to install flatpak on Ubuntu artful

Bug #1716409 reported by Alan Pope 🍺🐧🐱 πŸ¦„ on 2017-09-11
This bug affects 14 people
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gnome-software (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I saw a news article with a link to install a flatpak.


I clicked the link expecting to be able to install the flatpak, but the experience appears broken. I'm on an up to date Artful install

What I did was:-

Click on http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/09/download-pithos-pandora-app-1-4
Click the flathub link:- https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/io.github.Pithos.flatpakref
This downloaded the flatpakref file.
I clicked the file in my browser, nothing happened

I then tried finding the file in nautilus and double clicked it.
GNOME Software launched and presented an error "Don't know how to handle 'file:///home/alan/Downloads/io.github.Pithos.flatpakref' (see screenshot).

If I search for pithos in GNOME Software I am able to find the older version from the deb repo, but not the newer version from flathub.

Do we not support flatpak/flathub out of the box? Or is my system uniquely hosed?

Matthias Klumpp (ximion) wrote :

The GNOME Software Flatpak plugin is not installed by default.
Does installing the `gnome-software-plugin-flatpak` package fix this for you?

You're right that I didn't have that plugin package installed. I installed it and double clicking the package still presents the same error. Apologies I omitted the screenshot in my initial report.

Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :

I installed `gnome-software-plugin-flatpak`.

I had to download the `flatpakref` file, then double click it via the file manager, which caused GNOME Software to spit assorted errors and claims of something going wrong. I was however presented with an Install button which when clicked prompted for a password and then dumped me back at an Install button.

I then searched GNOME Software for 'Pithos' and it found an entry where the source was flathub. I was able to install it by clicking the Install button.

I doubt what I've described is how the installation flatpaks is intended to work. Can someone confirm the intended experience so we can identify what might not be working correctly in Ubuntu?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

I killed gnome-software and tried again, got the same experience Martin did.

Matthias Klumpp (ximion) wrote :

Did you restart GNOME Software after installing the plugin? And with that I mean kill it completely, even its background process.

Screenshots showing me trying to install the pithos flatpak.

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
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