Snaps to invoke external processes

Spencer Parkin spencertparkin at
Tue Nov 22 04:09:51 UTC 2016

It's a miracle!  It works!  Now, for the first time ever, my users (all 0
of them) can reach the help page by clicking on "help" from within the
app!  Thanks, Didier.  You're a real pal.

On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 12:08 AM, Didier Roche <didrocks at> wrote:

> Le 21/11/2016 à 04:26, Spencer a écrit :
> > It's been a few weeks now, but last I heard, the snapcraft team was or
> did a sprint to address current limitations snaps have regarding the
> invocation of external processes.  Specifically, it would be nice to launch
> the user's default browser with a URL, or let a snap invoke another
> instance of itself.  What's the status on this?
> >
> Hey Spencer,
> Default browser should works for some months already if your application
> (or toolkit, like Qt does) invoke the xdg-open to open the url. This is
> then transmitted via dbus to an external process on your classic system
> which then issues the real xdg-open command.
> For the others, there are been indeed multiple discussions on this at
> multiple places (here, on the bug report…), but no action or firm
> decision. I'm CCing Gustavo as he was the one against a more generic
> intermediate solutions.
> Cheers,
> Didier
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