I'm completely new to Linux and wanted to experiment a little, so I don't really know what I'm doing. I am on working Ubuntu 18.04 and I have been unable to get Visual Studio Code to start again, even though it was working before. Trying to launch it through the application menu only resulted in a short loading animation followed by nothing. Launching it through the terminal issued /usr/lib/snapd/snap-confine: error while loading shared libraries: libudev.so.1: failed to map segment from shared object. I already tried to reinstall it. But attempting it through the terminal somehow didn't work at all manuel@Manuel-Ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --remove visual-studio-code dpkg: warning: ignoring request to remove visual-studio-code which isn't installed. According to the Ubuntu Software center it was installed.

I tried the suggestion by @karel snap-confine refuses to launch application to avoid permission attack, which didn't help my problem.

  • Why don't you try to remove the same from software centre?
    – Kulfy
    Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 8:07
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    I did. But my goal is not to remove it. ;) Commented Sep 12, 2018 at 8:16
  • Did you install it using snap or deb package? I sometimes have problems launching programs installed in snap
    – evening_g
    Commented Sep 11, 2021 at 21:57

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snap-confine refuses to launch application to avoid permission attack only accomplished that I can't see Visual Studio Code in the Software Center at all. However I finally managed to install Visual Studio Code by following the instructions here. It seems like everything is working again now.

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