New 2.20 snapd release

Gustavo Niemeyer n13m3y3r at
Thu Jan 5 15:08:51 UTC 2017

James Page's accounting makes it sound like we cannot use that feature
without compromising the predefined system services.

On Jan 5, 2017 1:02 PM, "Didier Roche" <didrocks at> wrote:

> Le 03/01/2017 à 13:18, James Page a écrit :
> On Tue, 3 Jan 2017 at 12:15 James Page < at> wrote:
>> On Tue, 3 Jan 2017 at 11:58 Gustavo Niemeyer <gustavo.niemeyer at canonical.
>> com> wrote:
>> Will systemd handle multiple services with the same name without
>> complaining? How would it disambiguate?
>> We can pull off snap aliases because the binary paths are separate (not
>> /usr/bin), and thus won't actually conflict even if system packages and
>> snaps define the same name.
>> I could see how this might be a problem; an Alias can either be defined
>> in the systemd unit file (in which case systemd will create an appropriate
>> symlink), or by creating the symlink from alias->actual in
>> /etc/systemd/system - I'll poke at things and see how that might break!
> It would appear that any symlink created in /etc/systemd/system masks
> anything provided by a deb package in /lib/systemd/system - so the
> glance-api alias from a snap would override the glance-api systemd unit
> file provided by a deb package installed on the same system
> I guess this also fits into the general question of how to transition an
> existing system from deb->snap in a elegant way as well :-)
> Indeed, systemd has aliases for years, and we should use similarly the
> Alias keyword in the unit file for those cases.
> This just create a symlink at the right place and ensure only one unit
> with this symlink can be enabled at a time.
> This is how things like display manager, where some alternatives but a
> fixed service name might be needed (for dependencies) are handled, fyi.
> Cheers,
> Didier
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