Problems trying to create a snap package for bioinformatics tools

Leo Arias leo.arias at
Wed Nov 30 22:32:39 UTC 2016

Hello Gordon,

On Fri, Oct 14, 2016 at 3:09 AM, Gordon Ball <gordon at> wrote:
>  * Trying to run any of the binaries gives the error
>     failed to create user data directory. errmsg: Permission denied
>    This is presumably related to #1592696, but in this case $HOME is on
> an NFS mount under /mnt. Probably an uncommon case, but this probably
> isn't the only such configuration.

This is
Feel free to subscribe to that one and leave a comment with your use case.

>  * The package contains multiple binaries, and the links in /snap/bin
> are named, eg `cufflinks.cuffdiff`, which makes them incompatible with
> existing scripts. Additionally, I can't declare `apps:` keys with
> underscores in them, so some come out completely misnamed.

This is work in progress:

> Snap packages are potentially quite useful for scientific tools with odd
> sets of dependencies - where confinement is not an issue, but it
> provides a much easier way to handle private library versions, etc.

I agree :)
pura vida.

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