I have tried installing Atom editor on Ubuntu 14.04 . Whenever I installed it, either by downloading the /.deb or by adding this ppa:webupd8team/atom, I cannot start Atom without sudo.

It shows the following error on terminal while not starting with sudo:

/usr/bin/atom: line 104: /home/myhome/.atom/nohup.out: Permission denied

(atom:3947): IBUS-WARNING **: The owner of /home/myhome/.config/ibus/bus is not root!

I also tried installing with non-root access through the following command:

sudo dpkg --install --force-not-root --root=$HOME atom-amd64.deb

It shows the following error:

dpkg: error: unable to access dpkg status area: No such file or directory

But it works if I remove the non-root parameters --force-not-root --root=$HOME

Anyone knows how to install Atom with non-root access on Ubuntu successfully?

  • Can you check what ls -dl /home/myhome/.atom says? – edwinksl Oct 17 '16 at 14:11
  • It's owned by myhome as well. – soham Oct 17 '16 at 14:12
  • did you install atom as root user? – Gewure Oct 17 '16 at 14:41
  • Yes. I installed as a root user. – soham Oct 17 '16 at 14:42
  • you shouldn't do that. i know hardly any software that should be installed as root. this is mostl likely why it doesn't work. If you install something as root, it belongs to user root and group root - none other will be able to execute it. – Gewure Oct 22 '16 at 15:07

Delete ppa and all previous file related to the installation (and obliously disinstall it) and then try to install by the official page and instead of use shell use your desktop enviroment.

Sounds like you've installed atom for "root" user and not for your user.

  • As I said in my post, i have done that. It didn't work. – soham Oct 17 '16 at 13:59
  • Yes , I read that you've done it yet, but there're two option: 1) bad installation 2) bad path settings on your machine So try first to do a clean installation as I wrote and then try to gave atom permission with sudo chmod 666 (it's not a good way but it might work) – Thecave3 Oct 17 '16 at 14:43

Run these commands to quickly and easily install and upgrade the Atom text editor snap package from the terminal in all currently supported versions of Ubuntu (64-bit only).

  • Install Atom text editor:

    sudo apt install snapd  
    sudo snap install --classic atom  

    Note that a snap in classic confinement behaves as a traditionally packaged application with full access to the system, and Atom extension packages are installed into the user's home directory.

  • Upgrade Atom text editor:

    sudo snap refresh --classic atom  

Atom text editor can also be installed from the Ubuntu Software application in Ubuntu 16.04 as shown in the below screenshot. Either way there is no need to add a PPA to your software sources.

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