I've been building my own snap and installing it successfully for a while now, but just today, every time I build my snap file, when I try to install it, I get...

error: cannot find signatures with metadata for snap "mysnap_1.0_amd64.snap"

I am at a complete loss. What does this mean? How do I fix it? I can't think of what I've done to cause this to start happening.

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Yeah this is a terribly unhelpful error, I have no idea why they haven't fixed it. It relates to "assertions" in snapd. In this case, that is the verification that the snap comes from a trusted party. Since you're installing a local snap, you have no assertions for it, and snapd doesn't trust it. Think of it a bit like sideloading Android apps, if you've ever done that.

Regardless, you can get past this during your testing with the also-terribly-named --dangerous flag:

$ sudo snap install --dangerous <snap>

note: there was some churn on this flag; in earlier releases it was --force-dangerous.

  • That got me passed the error. Thank you! I suppose if I had read the man page for snap I should have been able to deduce that. So maybe the need for this flag will go away after a proper upgrade of the snap daemon? Edit: Oh, looks like snap is still in development. Sep 9, 2016 at 4:11
  • Indeed, snapd is still being developed. The need for this flag will go away once you publish your snap to the store, where it will get assertions.
    – kyrofa
    Sep 9, 2016 at 16:30
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    This is still an error in 2020. Please replace the message with one that actually describes the problem! Feb 5, 2020 at 0:17

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