On 3/24/19 2:27 AM, unman wrote:
On Sat, Mar 23, 2019 at 06:31:07PM +0000, Jon deps wrote:
On 3/19/19 4:59 PM, Steven Walker wrote:
I am still pretty new to Qubes. I have managed to create a new qube, but I want
to install some software for use with this qube. I have read that it has to be
installed to the template and not the actual qube. As the template has no
actual network connection, how do I go about this?
Using 4.0.1, Fedora 29
Any help greatly appeciated.
pretty sure, there are different ways to skin the cat, though
the Templates are designed to obtain access indirectly, that is what the
"salt" stuff is they talk about ....it seems by default to be setup to use
sys-whonix-14 to install updates , somewhat magically
you can actually change the netvm without shutting down the templates
generally it's bad form to give the templates direct access, though may
you might want to once in while in order to troubleshoot something , etc
.....testing it the morning , you should be able to install non updates
without Direct access
for me Templates aren't worth backing up , I'm not worried about my
system melting down much ..... and anyway its going to be best to fresh
install , which is easy-ist in Qubes, which is one of the beauties of the
hence, I clone for other reasons
one word of advice is keep a paper list of custom packages you install
so when it goes to Fedora-30 you install fresh and then add back fresh
packages , your files will persist,
my problem what few files I have end up spread out over 10 App Qubes
It's only if you selected the "update over Whonix" option on install that you
updating using sys-whonix qube. It's not the default.
Salt doesnt have anything to do with the "indirect" access - the access
is using qubes-rpc to the UpdateProxy - the proxy to use is set in
You can change the proxy to use by editing that file.
You *can* use salt to install software in to the templates. If you do
this then you need only maintain the salt formula and you can easily
recreate a template, without having to keep a paper list. That's an
ideal way of using salt to configure your systems.
I think I'm stuck at mere mortal qube user level forever :)
PS: for some reason I am able to $sudo dnf install foosoftware in
Fedora-29 though I have no "direct" netvm for the Template ,
though I recall in the past allowing netvm access for packages I
wanted to install, or maybe when I was trying to install a VPN to the
template, gave up and installed it in the AppVM I guess
There is a 3rd trick to discern whats custom installed IIRC , though
maybe it was more for Debian than Fedora if one searches the
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