I'm trying to copy+paste a plugin for OBS under /snap/obs-studio/1284/usr/lib. It's located in root. The paste option is grayed out doing:

sudo su

leads to me opening it as admin:///snap/obs-studio/1284/usr/lib however the option is STILL grayed out. Trying Ctrl+V leads to this error message.

error message

I've tried to go into the permissions of the folder and then under properties to change the permissions, however I get this error message.

error message

When I was installing Ubuntu I used LVM for file management, I had and still have no idea what this means. When I was installing it I googled and some people said it's a nice feature; I have no idea if this is connected to this issue. I just thought I should bring it up. I've found some people discussing the same issue, but for most people it seems like doing sudo su nautilus or gksudo nautilus fixes it, however as said this didn't work for me.

EDIT: I need to modify a root file because it's where the OBS plugins are locaited,someone suggested that they're in


However the /current folder is just empty for me, shown here: here

Have I installed OBS wrong? I've just installed through Ubuntu Software thingy. Is there something i need to do in OBS? Also trying to automatically find the plugin folder through OBS's "File->Show Settings folder" doesn't do anything. Because someone asked: I need to paste this plugin to be able to record per-application audio. Application audio capture is only a thing for windows. I need to have the game audio and discord audio as separate tracks to be able to edit out certain clips of discord/game audio, in case someone swears or the game is too loud for a short time.

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    I don't know much about snaps, but my limited understanding is that they are read-only. Please edit your question and explain why you want to do this. What is the actual problem that you are trying to solve by pasting this plugin.
    – terdon
    Oct 1 at 13:14
  • As an aside, you never need sudo su, much less sudo su command. Just use sudo -i to get a root shell and sudo command to run a command as root.
    – terdon
    Oct 1 at 13:15

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Those application directories under /snap are mount points for read only loop devices created by snapd and you can't modify them nor you need to ... Those are separate filesystems for a special purpose and not your usual kind of directories ... i.e. :

$ findmnt -T /snap/obs-studio/current
TARGET                SOURCE      FSTYPE   OPTIONS
/snap/obs-studio/1284 /dev/loop52 squashfs ro,nodev,relatime,errors=continue,threads=single

... those are part of the sandboxing/isolation mechanism of SNAP … their read-only state and their default permissions are part of that process as well and if you break them, those applications will break … you have no business there at all and even if you manage to somehow vandalize (by modifying) them, then they will be damaged and will stop working ... So, stay away from them.

However, their respective user specific configuration directions can be usually found under ~/snap (~ is your home directory) … For example, the plugins directory for the SNAP version of OBS-Studio on Ubuntu should be at:


... and that is where your plugins should go.

  • There is no ~/snap/obs-studio/current/.config/obs-studio/plugins ? the /current folder is empty? Trying to manually access the folder in which plugins are located thru OBS (using the File-> show settings folder) doesn't do anything?? Have i installed OBS wrong? I've installed OBS simply via the Ubuntu software thingy. I Would post an image but can't under replys...
    – Xyozni
    Oct 2 at 19:03
  • Edited the original post with this same info + picture.
    – Xyozni
    Oct 2 at 19:17
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    @Xyozni .config is a hidden directory … Press Ctrl+h in the file manager to show hidden directories/files.
    – Raffa
    Oct 3 at 4:36
  • Ohhhh... Thanks mate, i see the folder now, copy+paste works.
    – Xyozni
    Oct 3 at 7:43

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