In Ubuntu 17.10 I noticed 2 new partitions when using gnome-disk-utility. From what I understand, they are snap partitions/loop devices created when installing pieces of software. Note that I don't see them listed as partitions in gparted which I find confusing. The problem is I don't know why I have them and would like to get rid of them.

Do I need them? Is it safe to just delete them? For instance, what would happen if I were to delete bluez_129.snap, would I lose my Bluetooth tools?

screenshot of 2 loop devices in gnome-disk-utility

  • Also: askubuntu.com/q/834093/158442 – muru Dec 6 '17 at 11:17
  • Maybe this question could be rephrased as "can I safely remove them?" and after that "if I safely remove them how can I use them again?". Because what's the point of removing a snap loop device if you can't get it back whenever you need to use it? – karel Dec 6 '17 at 12:26