As announced at DConf 2017, snap packages are now available for
DMD 2.074.0 and DUB 1.3.0 in the official snap store. These
should allow for installation on multiple different Linux distros
(see below) on i386 and amd64 systems.
Installing them is simple: first follow the `snapd` installation
... and then:
sudo snap install --classic --channel=edge dmd
sudo snap install --classic --channel=edge dub
where the `--classic` flag grants permission for the confinement
options required by the packages.
The `dmd` package also contains `rdmd`, `dustmite` and
`ddemangle`. Note that by default the snap package exposes these
namespaced on the name of the package (i.e. `dmd.rdmd`, etc.).
To avoid this, use the `snap alias` command:
sudo snap alias dmd rdmd
sudo snap alias dmd dustmite
sudo snap alias dmd ddemangle
... and then it should be possible to use the regular commands.
Currently these packages are only released in the `edge` channel
(out of `edge`, `beta`, `candidate` and `stable`). It would be
good to have as many people (on as many different supported
distros) try them out in order to get confirmation that they are
working properly. Currently they are expected to work on at
* Ubuntu 14.04, and 16.04 or later
* Debian Testing and Unstable
* OpenSUSE Leap
In principle they ought to work on any system with a recent
enough `snapd` (2.21 or later), but the above are the ones I have
tried them on.
On systems with snapd 2.24 (the latest release) it looks like
there is an issue with rdmd: the sandboxing interferes with rdmd
writing to the `/tmp` directory. It's not clear at this point if
this is an issue with snapd or with rdmd itself, but I'm looking
Special thanks to Martin Nowak who took time with me at DConf to
help in setting up the snap store account for these packages.
Enjoy, and let me know how you all get on with these packages!
For more info on snap packages and how to use (and create) them,
Thanks & best wishes,