On Ubuntu 16.04, I installed cloudcompare using snap following:

sudo snap install cloudcompare

However, I get the following error when trying to launch it:

$ sudo cloudcompare.CloudCompare 
cannot perform operation: mount --rbind /home /tmp/snap.rootfs_AUR1hM//home: Permission denied

How do I fix this?

  • Any chance this is in a lxd container?
    – kyrofa
    Dec 1, 2017 at 17:03
  • No, I am not running this inside a container.
    – tejaskhot
    Dec 2, 2017 at 17:58

2 Answers 2


I had this exact problem and was able to fix it using a bind mount instead of a symlink. In my case I had a symlink for my home dir to /data/home. Remove the symlink, then create an empty directory for the mount point;

rm /home
mkdir /home

Then edit your /etc/fstab and add the line;

/data/home      /home   none    bind

Then reboot or enter the following command and /data/home will be mounted to /home.

mount /home

After that the snap applications will work.


Indeed, in my case I once sym-linked to /var/log and forgot about it.

sudo snap install snap-store --classic
error: cannot perform the following tasks:
- Run configure hook of "snap-store" snap if present (run hook "configure": cannot perform operation: mount --rbind /var/log /tmp/snap.rootfs_kDlTmB//var/log: Permission denied)

was always my error when installing something with snap. I did:

cd /var
sudo rm log
sudo mkdir -p log # now /var/log is no symlink any more!

then it worked!

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