There's a huge variety of packages available via apt, especially when third party repositories are considered, but from what I can see, there are far fewer snaps available.

For example, I've looked in the store, and OpenCV is not there, but apt search opencv returns a long list of packages.

I've just started using an edge server with Ubuntu Snappy Core pre-installed and when I run apt it tells me:

Ubuntu Core does not use apt-get, see 'snap --help'!

and running snap --help doesn't tell me how to install something when the snap isn't available.

I've googled quite a bit to see if there's a standard way of installing a package (presumably as a snap) if the snap's not already available, but I can't find anything. Do I have to add repositories like with apt?

I wondered if snap search opencv might yield results that the store doesn't but, it seems to be the same single-item list.

  • Thanks, I saw the link that's in the comment but it sounded like it was for people developing new snaps so I didn't pay it too much attention! However, the classic snap could well be what I'm looking for thanks. – Richard Wiseman Mar 2 '18 at 11:16
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    So you might want to write 2 lines as answer, and set is as solution? – davidbaumann Mar 2 '18 at 13:38

There kind of is a way of using apt but thats not either recommended or what core has been design for. If you want to test it try below:

!! Run at your own risk !!

snap install classic --edge --devmode
sudo classic


(classic)$ sudo apt install something
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    Thanks. I tried that in response to @dsstorefile's comment above, and whilst it gets partway to where I need to be, it's too restrictive for my needs because it uses chroot. – Richard Wiseman Mar 2 '18 at 15:23

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