I have already asked one question regarding issues in Ubuntu 20.04 with snap. I haven't really got any answer but a suggestion that the issues might be with the snap itself. I was trying to find out if we have an option to repair / reinstall the whole snap as if it was installed with fresh system but I couldn't find anything wile "googling" the problem.


  • Your previous question seems to be about fontconfig errors. In general, read error cascades from top to bottom, and start looking for causes near the top. – user535733 Dec 18 '20 at 14:17
  • I googled fontconfig before and found a few answers. I tried plenty of commands: sudo dpkg --configure -a, sudo apt-get clean, sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, and sudo apt-get install --reinstall --purge fontconfig fontconfig-config but nothing worked. I am really out of options. I thought this could be related to snap itself but everyone suggests it is the system. I cannot figure out what else I could do. This is unfortunately beyond me. – Celdor Dec 18 '20 at 15:25
  • It's not beyond you, or anybody. This is learning. To me, it looks like re-installing snapd is the wrong track. I doubt that it will fix a fontconfig problem. But I've been wrong before. – user535733 Dec 18 '20 at 15:35
  • OK. I'll keep searching for fontconfig errors and try to find something. Thanks. – Celdor Dec 18 '20 at 15:54
  • I did comment on your previous question, asking for additional information. – user535733 Dec 18 '20 at 16:04

Try running sudo apt purge snapd && sudo apt install snapd to reinstall snap. I don't believe your issue is with snap, but if you wish to reinstall snap, this is how you do it.

  • Thanks. Do I have to umount any system or turn off any deamon before doing that? – Celdor Dec 18 '20 at 14:58
  • No you don't. After reinstalling, I recommend rebooting to make sure everything is back to normal. I'm always glad to help! – me is me Dec 18 '20 at 15:02

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