explain Whonix Build Version


ID: 276
PHID: PHID-TASK-fbihzyiexe664puchmrz
Author: Patrick
Status at Migration Time: resolved
Priority at Migration Time: Normal


It causes some confusion every now and then why it never changes.

There should be a link in whonixcheck for “Whonix Build Version”.

Short technical explanation:

  • at build time, the https://github.com/Whonix/anon-shared-build-log-build-version package does in essence
  • echo "$anon_dist_build_version" > "/var/lib/anon-dist/build_version"
  • it’s there so whonixcheck can find out which version of the build script has created that version
  • that version number is supposed to never change
    ** this is because sometimes updating or other issues do only apply to version created by specific, mostly older versions of the build script
    ** this helps with diagnostic purposes
    ** therefore, should we ever need to deprecate a specific build version (because it would be too difficult/expensive to upgrade), then whonixcheck’s Whonix News (Follow Whonix Developments) could inform about this



2015-04-27 18:07:09 UTC