Recently, my computer "upgraded" the Chromium deb-package to a snap on its own.
Not that I had wanted it, I had in fact uninstalled snapcraft.
I have read of this latest crap move by Canonical, so I was not surprised when snap reinstalled itself (unwantedly and without asking).
But so far, it seemed to be working, so I didn't mind (after having blocked snap-refreshes on metered-connections).

However, I just wanted to watch a china-uncensored youtube video
5 seconds ago - and - no sound...
The sound is working. System sounds work, vlc has sound, and with Firefox, sound works, too.
It used to work with the Chromium deb-package as well.

This seems to be a snap issue.
Is there any way I can debug this ?
Any way to view whatever log file to find out what goes wrong ?
Or any ideas towards problem resolution ?

(I'm running KDE-Plasma as root, so /usr/bin/pulseaudio runs with --system - I suspect that might be the problem)

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    IMO switch to Firefox. The Ubuntu community has decided it is not worth the time to be forced to constantly audit a browser (a LOT of work) from a developer that ultimately is not really prioritized with open source and freedom. The community can better allocate resources. See: ubuntu.com/blog/chromium-in-ubuntu-deb-to-snap-transition
    – Nmath
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 22:33
  • @Nmath: I'm already doing this with Firefox Developer Edition :)
    – WitchCraft
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 22:41
  • Is Google Chrome not an option? If not, there is this link for installing Chromium via alternate sources (from Mint, which disables snapd on install): linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/chromium.html Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 22:57
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    Remove the snap version and install the .deb version. I have directions here if you need them.
    – KGIII
    Commented Aug 26, 2020 at 23:46

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There seems to be a bug/feature in the snap version of chromium: even if you unset XDG_RUNTIME_DIR, it re-sets it when it runs, causing problems with pulseaudio if you're not using the standard XDG settings (this can be confirmed by looking in /proc//environ). Installing the latest Google Chrome (not Chromium) seems to fix this issue, so it looks like snap is doing something that it shouldn't.

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