sudo apt-get install chromium-browser for some reason installs not a proper apt-get package but is installing the chromium snap.

I am aware that blocking such installs will not magically establish a maintained package, and would result in an installation failure. But I prefer to get error and install manually - from source or in unlikely cases from snap.

I want to never install anything using snap (for start, due to Snap Store closed-source practice). Especially not silently when I install using apt-get.

How can I disable snaps in gnome-software centre? is not answering my question as I want to get rid of snap infestation in apt - not in gnome-software-center.

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    Look at this: askubuntu.com/q/1317194/1157519
    – Levente
    Jun 12, 2021 at 7:45
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    @Levente Thanks! Unfortunately it is not helping - I want installation to fail if it would require installing snap with apt-get. Jun 12, 2021 at 7:55
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    The Chromium browser is not packaged as a deb and hasn't been for numerous releases (well before 20.04 anyway; 18.04 had it as a deb package but late 2018 it first appeared as snap - see discourse.ubuntu.com/t/… discourse.ubuntu.com/t/… ; May-2018). It's available as deb only as stub so users don't get errors telling them package isn't found (it just loads the snap for them). I find discover is pretty easy to pick snaps and debs
    – guiverc
    Jun 12, 2021 at 7:55
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    @guiverc I am fine with being unable to install Chromium with apt. In fact, if it requires snap - I want to be unable to do this. Jun 12, 2021 at 7:57
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    This is why I'm still on 18.04LTS, and will leave the Ubuntu world when it goes EOL.
    – RonJohn
    Jun 13, 2021 at 7:21

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You have to remove snapd from the system by

sudo apt-get autopurge snapd

and then create special configuration file for APT, as LinuxMint did:

cat <<EOF | sudo tee /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref
# To prevent repository packages from triggering the installation of Snap,
# this file forbids snapd from being installed by APT.
# For more information: https://linuxmint-user-guide.readthedocs.io/en/latest/snap.html

Package: snapd
Pin: release a=*
Pin-Priority: -10

This will prevent Snaps installation in future.

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    Is it safe to immediately perform the autopurge? Many tutorials involve first disabling snap, removing the individual snaps, etc. Perhaps yes, but this may then leave unused files and folders behind.
    – vanadium
    Jun 12, 2021 at 9:40
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    The configuration script will do for us what is needed.
    – N0rbert
    Jun 12, 2021 at 9:50
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    @N0rbert so by doing this, how do I install Firefox through apt? It depends on snapd
    – mslot
    Apr 23 at 6:07
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    If you still want Firefox, first uninstall the Snap, then add the file above, then get Firefox from one of a few different places, as listed here: askubuntu.com/questions/1369159/… May 9 at 7:24

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