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Author: Terry Gruzebeck
To: intrigeri, Tails list for early testers
Old-Topics: Re: [Tails-testers] Manual upgrade from virt-manager [was: Installing a Tails USB Image as Virtual USB Storage in Virt-Manager]
Subject: [Tails-testers] Tails 4.3 Unstable -->>[was: Installing a Tails USB Image as Virtual USB Storage in Virt-Manager]

    Hi gang,

    Even if I don't modify Tails beyond setting an OBFS4 custom network
    bridge, unfortunately, version 4.3 locks up in the Virt-Manager USB
    installation described below.  The host system is a fully-upgraded
    Parrot Linux 4.7 Debian 10 OS.  I've tried 4.3 only as a SCSI-CD
    install, too, to no avail.  Allocating more RAM only delays the
    inevitable seizing up.  Ver. 4.2.2 works flawlessly under these same

    Hoping you can fix this for the next version release.  During the
    meanwhile, are there any ver. 4.2.2 security upgrades I can do
    through either the Synaptic Package Manager or a terminal?


On 11/01/2019 04:53 AM, intrigeri



You're right, we're missing proper instructions to do a manual upgrade
of a virt-manager installation with a Persistence. I should fix this.
Now tracked with https://redmine.tails.boum.org/code/issues/17187.

I'm not a user a virt-manager myself and I know that some of us do use
it with a Persistence. It would save me quite a lot of time if they gave
me a synopsis of how they do their manual upgrades :)

segfault, intrigeri: How do you do that? Do you start the VM on an ISO
image plugged as a DVD and use it to do the upgrade? Something else?

Essentially yes, but some extra steps are needed to ensure one actually
starts from that virtual DVD:

1. In "Boot Options", ensure the DVD is listed first (or select
"Enable boot menu" and then you can pick the boot device when
starting the VM).

2. To tell live-boot to use the SquashFS from the DVD, add this boot


This works for a "SCSI CDROM" device. If the virtual DVD reader is
plugged into the SATA bus instead, the /dev/sr0 path might need to
be adjusted.

And then yes, I use Tails Installer to clone the running system and
upgrade the Tails system that's on the virtual USB drive.