I am working with core18 and am attempting to use GPG inside of my snap. At the end of the day, I would like to be able to use the python-gnupg pip package which is essentially a wrapper around the GPG executable for python scripts. In order to do this, I need the GPG executable to be available inside of the snap.
Other posts on this forum suggest that the gpg executable is available with the core18 snap:
Signing files with GPG from within a snap mentions “/usr/bin/gpg is in the core snap, … If running on, say, a bionic host, /usr/bin/gpg is version 2…”
GPG in a confined environemt mentions that
which gpg returns $SNAP/usr/bin/gpg
But I have been unable to find the gpg executable inside of my snap built on core18. “which gpg” run inside the snap returns nothing and there is no gpg executable in either $SNAP/usr/bin or /usr/bin (I have been using bash to test inside of the snap, see gnu-bash part in snapcraft.yaml below). “which gpg” run on the host machine returns /usr/bin/gpg. I tried to install the gnupg2 package using build-packages on an otherwise empty part, hoping that the gpg executable might persist inside the snap after the build process, but this was unsuccessful.
The snapcraft.yaml file I am using is:
# python set up
# configuration hook
# bash for testing
# gnupg2 install test
command: "python3 broker/bridge_main.py"
bash: # allows testing inside the snap
I am hoping someone could point out what I am doing wrong with the core18 snap that makes the gpg executable unavailable or how to run the equivalent of “apt-get install gnupg2” inside of the snap so that the gpg executable is available after the build process. I am at a bit of a loss what to try next since it seems that other posters on the forum assume the presence of gpg inside of the core snaps so any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!