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I recently found /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/ on my Ubuntu 18.04.1 machine. I found this other related question, but not much else to explain what it is used for. I also seem to have several versions of it: /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/70, /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/74 and /snap/gnome-3-26-1604/current.

What does this snap do? And can it be removed without breaking anything significant?

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It should be this snap: https://snapcraft.io/gnome-3-26-1604

This snap includes a GNOME 3.26 stack (the base libraries and desktop integration components) and shares it through the content interface.

So, unless you have another gnome stack in usage, you should not remove it.

Edit: As snap always downloads a whole new version instead of updating and does not auto-delete the old ones, yes, you can delete the old ones. Check which are disabled with snap list --all and remove with snap remove --revision XXX gnome-3-26-1604 where XXX is the revision number (eg 70).

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  • Alright, thanks. I guess it would be safe to remove the older versions and just leave the current? I was going through the gnome snaps to remove and install the apt ones instead since themes doesn't work with the snap ones.
    – Skillzore
    Nov 22, 2018 at 15:03
  • Yes, see my edit in the answer. Nov 22, 2018 at 15:12
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    Perfect, now the answer completely answers the question. Thank you!
    – Skillzore
    Nov 22, 2018 at 15:16
  • I tried $ snap remove gnome-3-34-1804 --revision=77; > error: cannot remove "gnome-3-34-1804": cannot remove active revision 77 of snap "gnome-3-34-1804"
    – rubo77
    Nov 1, 2022 at 14:14
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    It seems like some libraries still need the old gnove stacks; related: how-do-i-find-out-which-snaps-are-using-which-versions-of-the-runtime
    – rubo77
    Nov 1, 2022 at 14:23

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