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Bug 1354012 - `flatpak --user run [application name]` fails with "error: Unknow option --user"
Summary: `flatpak --user run [application name]` fails with "error: Unknow option --user"
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: flatpak
Version: 29
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David King
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
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Reported: 2016-07-08 17:10 UTC by Christian Stadelmann
Modified: 2018-10-08 09:34 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2018-10-08 08:55:36 UTC

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Description Christian Stadelmann 2016-07-08 17:10:41 UTC
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. have an application installed as user (`flatpak --user install …`)
2. run `flatpak --user run [application name]`
3. watch output

Actual results:
running application fails with this error message:
error: Unknow option --user

Expected results:
run fine.

Comment 1 Christian Stadelmann 2017-04-23 23:59:10 UTC
Same issue with flatpak 0.9.2-2.fc26.

Comment 2 Christian Stadelmann 2018-10-06 10:36:21 UTC
Still present on Fedora 29 beta.

Comment 3 David King 2018-10-08 08:55:36 UTC
flatpak automatically chooses the applcation to run, and so --user is not valid as an option to run.

Comment 4 Christian Stadelmann 2018-10-08 09:34:36 UTC
(In reply to David King from comment #3)
> flatpak automatically chooses the applcation to run, and so --user is not
> valid as an option to run.

Hm, that's quite unintuitive.

I currently have permission problems as described in bug #1353998. As a result, any flatpak installed as root is broken. As a workaround, I want to force flatpak to only install its applications as user but never as root. Aliasing `flatpak` to `flatpak --user` does the trick for almost all flatpak commands except this one. Isn't it inconsistent to apply the `--user` option everywhere but to the `run` command? Also, it clearly is inconsistent to other modern system management tools such as `systemctl`.

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