Canonical, through Sergio Schvezov, has had the great pleasure of announcing the release and general availability of Snapcraft 2.14 Snap creator tool for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.
Coming hot on the heels of Snapcraft 2.13, the new 2.14 maintenance update is here to introduce a bunch of new plugins, namely rust, godeps, and dump. You can find more information about each one by running the “snapcraft help < dump|rust|godeps >” command in a terminal window.
Also new in the Snapcraft 2.14 release is support for alternate relocation mechanisms in the “make” plugin (for example, you can use DESTDIR alternatives), as well as many improvements to the “go” plugin, such as support for local sources, which are now preferred instead of fetching new ones, and proper handling of the source entry.
The list of improvements implemented in Snapcraft 2.14 continues with support for building a kernel Snaps for multiple hardware architectures using a single snapcraft.yaml file, support for “oneshot” daemons, better wiki parser source management, as well as proper setting of “shebangs” and support for requirement files in the “python” plugin.
Here’s how to enjoy Snapcraft 2.14 in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Those of you using a previous version of Snapcraft on their 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system can now upgrade to Snapcraft 2.14 by fully updating their installations employing either Ubuntu Software or Synaptic Package Manager graphical package management systems or by running the following commands in Terminal.
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapcraft
Of course, you can also use the commands above to install Snapcraft on your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS distribution, and it’s also possible to get a set of Snapcraft examples that will help you start packaging your applications as Snaps for various GNU/Linux operating systems. Just run the following commands for that – the second one allowing you to access Snapcraft’s options and command-line arguments.
sudo apt install snapcraft-examples