hi,
On So, 2016-09-18 at 23:03 +0200, Otfried Cheong wrote:
> Hello,
> 
> I'm trying to create my first snap, and have a first question:
> 
> When a snap is installed (say hello-world), the system creates two
> data
> directories, /var/snap/hello-world/<revision> and
> /var/snap/hello-world/common.   
> 
> Apparently these are meant for the snap when it needs writable
> storage,
> but both directories are owned by root, and I haven't found any way
> to
> write to them, either from inside the snap or outside, whether
> installing in --devmode or not.
> 
they are for services (which always run as root by default) ...

user writable dirs are in ~/snap/<packagename>/<version>/
in the running snap environment this is represented by the
SNAP_USER_DATA environment variable.

ciao
        oli

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