Why are some KDE snaps large

Thank you very much for your work with the KDE snaps.

I do however have some reservations about them. Why pretty much any KDE snap is over 100 MB in size?

Do they not use a content snap, like the Gnome snaps.

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I broke this out to a separate topic, because it’s a new question.

Arguably it’s off topic for this site, but it seems rude to punt you somewhere else when @scarlettmoore is actually here.

I thought I’d gather some data for this conversation. It’s rough, cobbled together with a hastily written shell script. But it may help.

for s in $(snap find kde | awk '{print $1}' | tail -n +2); do echo -n "$s: " && snap info $s | grep "latest\/candidate" | awk -F ' ' '{print $5}'; done | sort -h -t ':' -k2
kruler: 233kB
ktimer: 253kB
kmag: 385kB
yakuake: 593kB
killbots: 1MB
kigo: 2MB
sweeper: 2MB
kig: 6MB
kmousetool: 7MB
kpat: 17MB
krdc: 24MB
lokalize: 29MB
klettres: 42MB
skanlite: 68MB
parley: 115MB
kirigami-gallery: 126MB
ktouch: 127MB
kwordquiz: 127MB
knavalbattle: 144MB
kcolorchooser: 148MB
bovo: 149MB
kdebugsettings: 149MB
kiriki: 149MB
kjumpingcube: 149MB
ksnakeduel: 149MB
kspaceduel: 149MB
ksquares: 149MB
kubrick: 149MB
katomic: 150MB
kfourinline: 150MB
kmines: 150MB
konquest: 150MB
kreversi: 150MB
picmi: 150MB
blinken: 151MB
bomber: 151MB
klines: 151MB
kollision: 151MB
kdf: 152MB
klickety: 152MB
knetwalk: 152MB
palapeli: 152MB
granatier: 153MB
kmplot: 153MB
kbruch: 154MB
falkon: 155MB
kbounce: 165MB
kgeography: 166MB
kiten: 166MB
kbreakout: 168MB
kshisen: 169MB
kmahjongg: 170MB
kanagram: 172MB
kcalc: 172MB
ark: 181MB
labplot: 185MB
kteatime: 192MB
spectacle: 192MB
kblackbox: 193MB
kturtle: 193MB
okular: 196MB
artikulate: 197MB
kwave: 197MB
konqueror: 202MB
kalgebra: 206MB
dolphin: 207MB
okteta: 207MB
kdiamond: 212MB
cervisia: 216MB
gwenview: 223MB
minuet: 223MB
rocs: 226MB
neochat: 228MB
kde-dev-utils: 230MB
umbrello: 231MB
skrooge: 235MB
kolourpaint: 237MB
peruse: 238MB
ksirk: 246MB
gcompris: 253MB
step: 253MB
kapman: 266MB
kblocks: 266MB
ksudoku: 266MB
kgoldrunner: 270MB
konversation: 272MB
dragon: 273MB
kate: 276MB
kompare: 303MB
ktuberling: 319MB
kde-qt6-core22: 326MB
kde-qt6-core22-sdk: 328MB
kstars: 336MB
digikam: 393MB
kdenlive: 474MB
itinerary: 677MB
kalzium: 684MB
kdevelop: 764MB
cantor: 1GB

Hope that’s useful :smiley:

I’m sure @scarlettmoore would appreciate the help with people identifying how to optimise these!


I have no idea if this is the right way to go about it, or helpful in any way, but…

I tried looking at the differences between the snapcraft.yaml files of a small KDE snap (picked ktimer), and of a big KDE snap (picked knavalbattle), and I’m wondering if the “stage-packages” are contributing somehow?

ktimer has no stage-packages in the parts section, while knavalbattle has libasound2-data and libasound2-plugins listed under stage-packages:

Neither of those packages are enormous on their own…but libasound2-plugins looks like it has a pretty gnarly dependency tree, especially once it hits libavcodec60:

$ apt show libavcodec60
Installed-Size: 15.2 MB
Depends: libaom3 (>= 3.2.0), libavutil58 (= 7:6.0-6ubuntu1), libc6 (>= 2.35), libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libcodec2-1.2 (>= 1.2.0), libdav1d6 (>= 0.9.0), libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.12.0), libgsm1 (>= 1.0.18), libjxl0.7 (>= 0.7.0), liblzma5 (>= 5.1.1alpha+20120614), libmp3lame0 (>= 3.100), libopenjp2-7 (>= 2.0.0), libopus0 (>= 1.1), librav1e0 (>= 0.5.1), librsvg2-2 (>= 2.14.4), libshine3 (>= 3.1.0), libsnappy1v5 (>= 1.1.10), libspeex1 (>= 1.2~), libsvtav1enc1 (>= 1.6.0+dfsg), libswresample4 (>= 7:6.0), libtheora0 (>= 1.0), libtwolame0 (>= 0.3.10), libva2 (>= 2.9.0), libvorbis0a (>= 1.1.2), libvorbisenc2 (>= 1.1.2), libvpl2 (>= 2023.3.0), libvpx7 (>= 1.12.0), libwebp7 (>= 1.2.4), libwebpmux3 (>= 1.2.4), libx264-164 (>= 2:0.164.3095+gitbaee400), libx265-199 (>= 3.5), libxvidcore4 (>= 1.2.2), libzvbi0 (>= 0.2.35), zlib1g (>= 1:1.2.0)

And when I look at my system after installing both, sure enough, knavalbattle has a much larger /snap/-snap name-/current/usr/lib directory than chromium, even though I would assume chromium “should” be a much larger package? Now, I don’t know if all those A/V libraries are critical to knavalbattle - that might be unavoidable for how the app works and for what’s included in

Now, kcolorchooser didn’t have stage-packages specified in its snapcraft.yaml file, however, in comparing it to ktimer I did notice that kcolorchooser didn’t have kde-neon listed in the `cleanup section:

From the reading I’ve done, it sounds like that might be contributing to the size of kcolorchooser by leaving behind the majority of the “framework”-type packages in the final snap itself?

Sorry if all this is a waste of space on here, hopefully it might be useful to someone?


Discussions about snap packaging should really move over to the appropriate forum at:

I dont think the global Community category here on discourse.ubuntu.com is the right place…


I’ve made a post on snapcraft forum.

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But aren’t snaps ‘universal’? are they different from Gnome and KDE now?

The individual snaps will be universal, if John’s suspicion is correct about the ALSA plugins, the majority of snaps don’t directly access ALSA and so the ALSA components don’t deduplicate with the content snaps because the content snap doesn’t have it.

It might be that those snaps don’t need direct ALSA access or the ALSA → Pulseaudio wrapper and it might be possible to trim them, but since it’s on the Snapcraft forums now, probably better to evaluate over there :).

Snaps are universal, not sure what you mean with “different from GNOME and KDE”, but technical discussions about improvement in packaging surely do not fit into a forum category that is designed for discussion about general community matters


Reading the first post it seems to understand that KDE snaps are different from Gnome snaps.

They aren’t really…
both use content/platform snaps for shared libs, but while the gnome one has a whole team of full paid developers working on it, kde has Scarlett… more people helping with it and moving things between the snaps will surely improve the situation and drop sizes

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