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Can start and stop VM but can't intercat with it in any other way due to the fact that no window appears


#1

I’ve followed the official Whonix KVM guide. I’m now at the step where I should start the VMs. I can start them both with the GUI and the CLI without error messages. I can see that they are running, but I’m not able to interact with them because no screen appears(I expected that a screen would appear like the one from qemu(without kvm)).
So I can launch it and kill it but nothing else.
The preferences shown by virt-manager for Whonix-Gateway say under Install Graphics “VNC”.
The host operating systems is Trisquel 7.0 GNU/Linux.


#2

Please select spice for graphics because this is what the VMs are configured to use. Its both faster and safer than VNC.


#3

I forgot to say the version of Whonix: 13.0.0.1.4
Shouldn’t spice be the default if it’s better?
I changed it to spice and installed whatever package in my repository seemed to be needed:
gir1.2-spice-client-gtk-3.0; gir1.2-spice-client-glib-2.0; gir1.2-spice-client-gtk-3.0; libspice-client-glib-2.0-8; libspice-client-gtk-3.0-4; libusbredirhost1; spice-client-glib-usb-acl-helper; libspice-client-gtk-2.0-4; gir1.2-spice-client-gtk-2.0; spice-client-gtk

Some of them were dependencies.
The problem remains.

Under hardware at Display Spice I see:
Type - Spice
Address - 127.0.0.1
Port - Automatically allocated
TLS Port - [Same as above]
Password - [Empty]
Keymap - Auto

Under Hardware details at Video QXL I see:
Model - QXL
RAM - 250MB
Heads - 1

I went to View > Console and when I launched the VM it said:
“Cannot display graphical console type 'spice:
No module named SpiceClientGtk”

I’m not really sure what to install. The ones I have installed have very similar names. I’m going to keep looking into the repository.


#4

Going by what your ditro’s install info page says I would try installing this package on the host:

sudo apt-get install python-spice-client-gtk

https://trisquel.info/en/wiki/virtualization-using-kvm

Also make sure you set your video to QXL instead of VGA in your VM. device settings.


#5

I installed the package and now I am able to open the VM’s console.
I should have read my distro’s documentation on the topic.
Thanks. :slight_smile: