Snap package for Kakoune

I created basic Snap package for Kakoune. It’s avaliabe on snap branch at my GH.


  • I’m not big fan of Snaps. They are supported on all major distributions tho. That is a lot of potential users who could use Kakoune without compiling it manually.
  • It needs some testing. I haven’t created snap before so I don’t know If I packaged it correctly.
  • For now it needs to be built manually. I guess Snaps could be build on Travis and uploaded to GH releases. I’m not sure how Snap store submission process looks like (It’s a classic Snap so it would require manual verification), also I’m not sure if it’s worth a hassle.

How to build and install:

snap install --classic --dangerous kakoune_v2019.01.20_amd64.snap
sudo snap alias kakoune kak

You can also use pre-build snap from my releases (if you don’t mind running random binaries from Internet :V )

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What about AppImage or Flatpack? I don’t know much about these package systems, since I don’t need them, but quick look at this table makes me think that AppImage is more appropriate format. Maybe I’m wrong though.

I’v never managed to create Appimage, I can give it a try. I’m not sure how well they work for CLI apps, I’v seen only GUI appimages so far.

Wow, thanks @TeddyDD, I am super-excited about this because it scratches my pain point!

Let me know if it works :wink:

I added build from master branch to releases. Still trying to figure out how to build snaps on Travis (without Ubuntu store integration)

Okay I give up - Snaps are pile of garbage, builds break randomly, documentation is incomplete and often out of sync with actual state of things and I don’t feel like it’s worth the trouble.

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Sorry to hear that, yeah, it is rough stuff.

In case anybody is interested, I build a static binary, install it in to a subfolder in $HOME. I can rsync this folder to any linux host and run kakoune with all the plugins and everything. For me using kakoune means that I quickly loose my vim skills, so if I need an editor on a remote for longer periods I switch to kakoune.

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This is so true.

I’m using sshfs for that. Basically mounting remote server to some directory, that using local installation of any editor to work with those files. But I think it would be nice if Kakoune had something like Emacs TRAMP

I have had terrible experience with sshfs and similar. I tend to work on mid-sized projects (10s of thousands of files) and whenever I do something like ripgrep or run certain tools, I always get into a weird place with lag and frustration.

Do you have any tricks for making this work well, more aggressive caching, etc?

I have no such problems, (un)?fortunately. I guess that’s because all servers that I mount usually are in local network.

I use sshfs as well. It’s easier than carry my config around :wink:

I use syncthing for my config files, doesn’t work too well with large git projects though.

I find it much easier to carry my config around with me.