Managing base and other snappy apps

Charles Butler chuck at
Tue Jul 28 16:54:16 UTC 2015

As a side note the webdm snap exists as a front end to snaps for snappy and
managing them.

It's a great resource for you to model after for your own front end. Hope
this helps, I'm pretty fresh on my voyage with snappy my self.

If you need additional help I know the fine people in #snappy on freenode
are a great complimentary companion to this mailing list.

All the best,
On Jul 23, 2015 10:21 PM, "Eystein Måløy Stenberg" <
eystein.stenberg at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am new to Snappy, but have read much of the docs and tried it for a few
> hours.
> No problems and it looks simple so far, but I had a few questions about
> managing snaps.
> On [1] I get a feeling for how the base system itself is updated. But is
> this entirely managed with the "ubuntu-core" snap? So if I run "snappy
> update ubuntu-core" it will download a new image (if any) to the passive
> partition? Or are there other snaps that should be updated as part of the
> base system as well (I see "generic-amd64" which sounds like a base snap).
> Any other software that comprises a base system update?
> Furthermore, assuming base system update goes well, I should reboot to the
> other partition. Is there a preferred method do this (I see a
> --automatic-reboot option to snappy update) or will the regular "shutdown
> -r now" do the job well enough?
> Is there a way to see which snaps can be updated? I am looking for
> something similar to "apt-get -s upgrade". Or would this be the difference
> in version between "snappy list -v" and "snappy search"?
> Finally, is there a way for software to manage snaps, just like you can
> being logged in as superuser with the "snappy" command? I am planning to
> make an application that can update and manage snaps. Supposedly it would
> either need to be part of the base OS (which I guess is unlikely it would
> be allowed to) or it would have to be packaged as a snap with special
> privileges (perhaps as a framework)?
> Thanks for reading to the end and appreciate any help! :)
> [1]
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