Nothing but problems using snaps

Asked by Eric Morgan on 2020-11-11

Hi, I'm sorry but I haven't had a good experience with snaps at all. They just don't work. Here's some examples:

ffmpeg: the standard names of the programs aren't honored (ffplay, ffprobe etc) so I have so screw around with links manually or feed special code into my scripts that use these problems to get them to work

ffmpeg: streamio-ffmpeg gem doesn't work with some JSON Parser error but I'm pretty sure it's because ffprobe isn't where it's supposed to be.

ffmpeg: It won't run if my current working directory is on a separate hard drive than root or is in an Encfs partition because of the connection permissions. The correct connection doesn't seem to exist to make it work when I list all connections.

thunderbird: it flat out will not send an email. get some other illegible file permission error. Have no idea how to fix it. Used to work but not recently so something changed. All other mail clients send fine.

I've read a hundred "guides" "tutorials" man pages but I just can't get enough information to make things work easily. I'm really hoping it's just my stupidity and we can fix that easily...

If you think you have what I'm doing wrong let me know. I'm about to go back to manually building the apps since Ubuntu doesn't have newer versions, or features like nvidia hardware encoding already built.

Thanks!

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2020-11-11
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2020-11-12

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Snaps are sandboxes and only access what they are given access to. If the files are in a folder the application does not have access to then this is normal.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #2

If you have problems with the snap package, why don't you try uninstalling the snap package nd installing the *.deb version from the Ubuntu repositories instead?

Which Ubuntu release are you running?
Do you need a specific release of ffmpeg, or is the Ubuntu-provided version enough?
Eventually you can find a PPA with the version you want, maybe https://launchpad.net/~savoury1/+archive/ubuntu/ffmpeg4

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