At least go to "classic". I don't want to sidestep the issue with links or bindmounts...

  • It's unclear if you're asking from the perspective of a user or a developer. Please add more details.
    – kyrofa
    Mar 2, 2020 at 18:52
  • AS a user, added to questoin
    – xenoid
    Mar 2, 2020 at 18:56
  • Let's assume that you are asking about changing the confinement only, not about switching channels which is quite easily done.
    – karel
    Mar 2, 2020 at 18:58
  • @karel Yes, as far as I understand the concepts
    – xenoid
    Mar 2, 2020 at 20:59

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As a user, you have a limited amount of flexibility over how you want individual snaps confined. You can install a confinement: strict snap in devmode, for example:

$ sudo snap install --devmode <snap name>

You can also install a confinement: devmode snap in "jail" mode (i.e. treat it as strictly confined):

$ sudo snap install --jailmode <snap name>

What you cannot do, however, is install a confinement: classic as anything other than classic, or similarly a confinement: <not classic> snap as classic.

This limitation isn't to be annoying, it's because confinement: classic snaps are built entirely differently than confinement: <not classic> snaps, and in virtually all cases running them under another model would result in a segfault or something similar. This has to do with the fact that confinement: classic snaps do not use the core snap as its rootfs/execution environment like the other types of confinement, so it finds things like libc in a totally different place.

In general, I don't recommend taking advantage of the ability to install snaps under different confinement models unless you're utilizing them as a developer testing out your snap. Otherwise you'll be using the snap in a way that is probably completely untested by the snap author, and may or may not work properly.

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