#StackBounty: #ubuntu #chromium Chromium 81 won't display dotfiles anymore

Bounty: 50

Upgrading to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS brought with it a new version of Chromium and it also changed from a “traditional” package to a snap package (Snapplication?).

The about page shows Version 81.0.4044.122 (Official Build) snap (64-bit)

The upgrade broke my startpage, it is configured as ~/.dotfiles/startpage.html, but the new chromium tells me

Access to the file was denied
The file at file:///home/<user>/.dotfiles/startpage.html is not readable. It may have been removed, moved, or file permissions may be preventing access.

I know about snap permissions, and I checked that chromium has access to my home folder.

The problem seems to be with the fact, that .dotfiles is hidden. When I move it directly to the home folder it works.

I don’t really want to do that TBH, and there’s no logical reason for me why it shouldn’t work in a hidden folder. A file is a file is a file…., right?

For completeness’ sake, my Firefox 75 displays the file without issue.

What am I missing?

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