Snap hangs when accessing a special /dev/file (/dev/vcio) [ubuntu-core 16 / RaspberryPi2]

Jacques Supcik jacques at
Sun Nov 6 16:00:24 UTC 2016

Note that it works in --devmode, but I would like to have it also running
in "safe mode".

█  Jacques

On 6 November 2016 at 11:29, Jacques Supcik <jacques at> wrote:

> Dear community.
> I have a program <>, written in go,
> and running on a raspberry Pi 2, which displays messages on a LED panel.
> The panel <> is made of "neo pixels"
> and is connected to the GPIO of the raspberry Pi. Internally, it uses the
> DMA and PWM to generate and accurate signals.
> The program currently runs well on a Raspbian system and I would like to
> move to ubuntu-core. I was able to build the snap and to deploy it on a
> raspberry Pi 2 running Core version 16. I installed the snap with
> "--dangerous", but as soon as the system configure the DMA/PWM/GPIO, it
> just freezes.
> I installed snappy-debug to check the logs and this is what I get:
> = AppArmor =
> Time: Nov  6 09:28:45
> Log: apparmor="DENIED" operation="open" profile="snap.telecom-tower.daemon"
> name="/dev/vcio" pid=4441 comm="tower" requested_mask="r" denied_mask="r"
> fsuid=0 ouid=0
> File: /dev/vcio (read)
> = Seccomp =
> Time: Nov  6 09:28:45
> Log: auid=4294967295 uid=0 gid=0 ses=4294967295 pid=4441 comm="tower"
> exe="/snap/telecom-tower/x1/bin/tower" sig=31 arch=40000028 14(mknod)
> compat=0 ip=0x76e3aaf6 code=0x0
> Syscall: mknod
> Note that if I scp the binary file and run on ubuntu core as root, then
> the program runs fine. (I don't install the snap, I just run the binary
> from the home directory.)
> Does someone have an idea about what I can do to make my snap run?
> Thank you very much in advance for your support.
> Best regards,
> █  Jacques
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