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Changed rads_minimum_ram cannot boot


#1

I only want to run my Whoinix gateway in command line mode so I changed the rads_minimum_ram=100000 and rebooted.

Now the OS is stuck on fb: switching to bochsdrmfb from simple.

Also I noticed a typo in the config files - it says rads_minium_ram instead of rads_minimum_ram


#2

Hi rottentoes

You want to user rads - RAM Adjusted Desktop Starter - to run Whonix-Gateway headless.


#3

That’s what I am using.

I edited the file like it says in the /etc/rads.d/ folder and then the VM doesn’t boot.


#4

Yes i know but…

As per the rads wiki page:

If total RAM is less than 512 MB (for example, the minimum 256 MB RAM requirement), KDE (kdm) is not started.

If rads_minimum_ram=100000 (100000 MB) you will not get headless. Or not able to boot. Can you drop down to a Virtual Console and edit /etc/rads.d/ folder ?

For a text console: Press Alt + Crtl + F1.
For additional text consoles: Press Alt + Crtl + F2 or F3 and so on.
For a graphical console: Press Alt + Crtl + F7.

#5

My plan was to raise the min ram requirements to a high level so it would never boot KDE.

Is there a better way to do this?


#6

Hi rottentoes

Yes, as per https://whonix.org/wiki/RAM_Adjusted_Desktop_Starter

If total RAM is less than 512 MB --KDE is not started.

e.g.

rads_minium_ram=510
rads_minium_ram=509
rads_minium_ram=508
rads_minium_ram=507
rads_minium_ram=etc…


#7

Typo fixed in git.

rottentoes:

My plan was to raise the min ram requirements to a high
level so it would never boot KDE> > Is there a better way to do this?
rads_start_display_manager=0

Setting rads_minimum_ram to some crazy value to reach that goal I
would consider a hack. I would wouldn’t like having to tell users to do
such things. I try to avoid such cumbersomeness.
rads_start_display_manager=0 is the setting you want.


#8

Should this be documented?


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#9

Yes, please add to https://www.whonix.org/wiki/RAM_Adjusted_Desktop_Starter directly.

(directly: Not to https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Template:RAM_Adjusted_Desktop_Starter - to keep https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Desktop short without too much special configuration details.)

https://github.com/Whonix/rads/blob/master/etc/rads.d/30_default.conf was also improved a bit by me just now. If you have any pull request for that as well…


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#10

Thank you Patrick. I will change that setting.