Yesterday, i wanted to get install updates using the pamac updater. I got an error saying something along the lines of

files in conflict: snapd-git: /snap already exists in file system.

Since I am running Manjaro with the german language option, this is not exactly the message but i suppose it should be similar in english.

Now what i did first was un-checking it for update, but now i still get the update notification only about the package snapd-git.

I am unsure what my actual problem is:

  • either the update is unnecessary in which case i'd like to get rid of the notification
  • or I have an old version installed and have to manually remove it and install the current version.

I do not know if snapd gets used from any other applications, so i figured I'd ask here first before removing anything critical.

It would be appreciated if anybody could help me out.

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From; https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/snapd#Removal

Uninstalling the snapdAUR package will not remove directories and files created while using snap. It's best to remove your snaps with snap remove before uninstalling the package. At this time it is not possible to remove the core snap through the snap command. To remove the state, snap package cache and mount unit files completely, you can follow the instructions below.

  1. We unmount any currently active snap that is mounted to /var/lib/snapd/snap/.

# umount $(mount | grep snap | awk '{print $3}')

  1. We remove the state directory and mount hook.

# rm -rf /var/lib/snapd
# rm -rf /var/snap

  1. We remove any unit files, that try to mount snaps from /var/lib/snapd/snaps to /var/lib/snapd/snap at boot.

# find /etc/systemd/system -name "*snap-*.mount" -delete
# find /etc/systemd/system -name "snap.*.service" -delete

You will have to do these unmounts, and reinstall snap from AUR using # yaourt snapd.

Then resume system updates as normally.

  • The first step does not seem to work on my machine, i get an error saying "incorrect usage of umount". Jan 30, 2018 at 22:59
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    Removing Snaps can be removed by executing: # snap remove snapname
    – garshol
    Jan 19, 2019 at 20:01

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