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Something is broken in my system / Whonix-Workstation detected, but the meta package non-qubes-whonix-workstation is not installed.

@Patrick : Am I fucked ?

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/FAQ#Am_I_Compromised.3F

Wait.

I mean, do you think I should reinstall my system ? Would that be safer or do you think there is a possibility to fix this ?

Again, thank you for your amazing support.

If you did not autoremove most/all Whonix packages, then no need.

I didn’t autoremove anything for now.

But what surprises me when I type the command line sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade in the Gateway I receive that warning :

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  libcdio13 libdirectfb-1.2-9 libgles1-mesa libiso9660-8 libvcdinfo0 libvlccore8
  linux-headers-4.9.0-6-amd64 linux-headers-4.9.0-6-common linux-image-4.9.0-6-amd64
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.

All these problems let me suppose my system is very sick. But why ? I have never ever touched the Gateway and it seems also that some packages are not necessary anymore.

If you want to test…

sudo whonix_repository --enable --repository testers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  1. No error message during the upgrade, went smoothly.

  2. Rebooting.

  3. Unfortunately if I launch the “whonixcheck” again I get the same error as mentioned earlier :frowning:

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Also whonixcheck was upgraded.

Check /usr/lib/whonixcheck/check_packages.bsh

It should check for non-qubes-whonix-workstation-kde now.

Output of

dpkg -l non-qubes-whonix-workstation

?

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My /usr/lib/whonixcheck/check_packages.bsh

#!/bin/bash

## Copyright (C) 2012 - 2018 ENCRYPTED SUPPORT LP <adrelanos@riseup.net>
## See the file COPYING for copying conditions.

check_meta_packages() {
   local meta_package_not_installed meta_package_wanted meta_package_wanted_list

   meta_package_wanted="unknown"

   if [ "$qubes_detected" = "true" ]; then
      meta_package_wanted_list="<code>qubes-whonix-gateway</code> or <code>qubes-whonix-workstation</code>"
      if [ "$vm_lower_case_short" = "gateway" ]; then
         meta_package_wanted="qubes-whonix-gateway"
      elif [ "$vm_lower_case_short" = "workstation" ]; then
         meta_package_wanted="qubes-whonix-workstation"
      fi
   else
      meta_package_wanted_list="<code>non-qubes-whonix-gateway-kde</code> or <code>non-qubes-whonix-workstation-kde</code>"
      if [ "$vm_lower_case_short" = "gateway" ]; then
         meta_package_wanted="non-qubes-whonix-gateway-kde"
      elif [ "$vm_lower_case_short" = "workstation" ]; then
         meta_package_wanted="non-qubes-whonix-workstation-kde"
      fi
   fi

   if [ "$meta_package_wanted" = "unknown" ]; then
      meta_package_not_installed="unknown"
   else
      if dpkg-query --show "$meta_package_wanted" &> /dev/null ; then
          meta_package_not_installed="none"
      else
          meta_package_not_installed="$meta_package_wanted"
      fi
   fi

   local if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg see_also_link
   if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg="$(if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_funct "$FUNCNAME")"
   see_also_link="<a href=https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages>https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages</a>"

   if [ "$meta_package_not_installed" = "none" ]; then
      local MSG="<p>Whonix Meta Packages Test Result: $meta_package_not_installed missing. (See also: $see_also_link)</p>"
      if [ "$verbose" -ge "1" ]; then
         $output_x ${output_opts[@]} --messagex --typex "info" --message "$MSG"
         $output_cli ${output_opts[@]} --messagecli --typecli "info" --message "$MSG"
      fi
      return 0
   elif [ "$meta_package_not_installed" = "unknown" ]; then
      local MSG="<p>Whonix Meta Packages Test Result: Neither Whonix-Gateway nor Whonix-Workstation detected.
Therefore unchecked, if either the $meta_package_wanted_list meta packages is installed.
<br />See also: $see_also_link
<br />$if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg</p>"
   else
      local MSG="<p>Whonix Meta Packages Test Result: $VM detected, but the meta package <code>$meta_package_not_installed</code> is not installed.
Did you accidentally uninstall it?
<br />See also: $see_also_link
<br />$if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg</p>"
   fi

   $output_x ${output_opts[@]} --messagex --typex "warning" --message "$MSG"
   $output_cli ${output_opts[@]} --messagecli --typecli "warning" --message "$MSG"
}

check_unwanted_packages() {
   local unwanted_package unwanted_packages_list unwanted_packages_counter dpkg_query_result first
   unwanted_packages_counter="0"
   for unwanted_package in $whonixcheck_unwanted_package ; do
      dpkg_query_result="$(dpkg-query --show --showformat='${Status}\n' "$unwanted_package" 2>/dev/null)" || true
      ## dpkg_query_result example:
      ## when installed           : install ok installed
      ## when not fully installed : install ok unpacked
      ## when removed             : deinstall ok config-files
      ## when purged, no stdout
      read -r first _ <<< "$dpkg_query_result"
      if [ "install" = "$first" ]; then
         unwanted_packages_counter="$(( $unwanted_packages_counter + 1 ))"
         unwanted_packages_list+="$unwanted_package "
      fi
   done

   if [ "$unwanted_packages_counter" = "0" ]; then
      local MSG="<p>Whonix Unwanted Packages Test Result: None found.</p>"
      if [ "$verbose" -ge "1" ]; then
         $output_x ${output_opts[@]} --messagex --typex "info" --message "$MSG"
         $output_cli ${output_opts[@]} --messagecli --typecli "info" --message "$MSG"
      fi
      return 0
   fi

   local if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg see_also_link
   if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg="$(if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_funct "$FUNCNAME")"
   see_also_link="<a href=https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages>https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages</a>"

   local packages_help_msg
   packages_help_msg="<br></br>1. Open a terminal. ($persistent_changes_start_menu_instructions_first_part Terminal)
<br></br>2. Purge. <blockquote><code>sudo apt-get purge $unwanted_packages_list</code></blockquote>"

   if [ "$qubes_detected" = "true" ]; then
      if [ "$qubes_vm_persistence" = "full" ]; then
         ## Running in either StandaloneVM or TemplateVM.
         ## Above existing packages_help_msg is fine.
         true
      else
         ## TemplateBasedVM
         packages_help_msg="<br></br>1. Open a terminal. ($persistent_changes_start_menu_instructions_first_part Terminal)
<br></br>2. Purge. <blockquote><code>sudo apt-get purge $unwanted_packages_list</code></blockquote>
3. Shutdown your TemplateVM. (dom0 -> Qubes VM Manager -> right click '<code>$qubes_base_template</code>' -> Shutdown VM)
<br></br>4. Shutdown and restart this TemplateBased <code>$qubes_vm_type</code>. (dom0 -> Qubes VM Manager -> right click '<code>$qubes_name_of_vm</code>' -> Shutdown VM)"
      fi
   fi

   local MSG="<p>Whonix Unwanted Packages Test Result: $unwanted_packages_counter unwanted package(s) installed. \
It is recommended that you remove them from $update_where.
$packages_help_msg
<br />See also: $see_also_link
<br />$if_you_know_what_you_are_doing_msg</p>"
   $output_x ${output_opts[@]} --messagex --typex "warning" --message "$MSG"
   $output_cli ${output_opts[@]} --messagecli --typecli "warning" --message "$MSG"
}

check_packages() {
   check_meta_packages
   check_unwanted_packages
}

Output of : dpkg -l non-qubes-whonix-workstation

root@host:/home/user# dpkg -l non-qubes-whonix-workstation
dpkg-query: no packages found matching non-qubes-whonix-workstation
root@host:/home/user# 

EDIT : I took a snapshot before the upgrade in case you want me to reverse something.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install non-qubes-whonix-workstation-kde
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YOU ARE A BOSS PATRICK !!!

Thumbs up :+1::clap::confetti_ball::tada:

Message disappeared !

Should I do the same on the Gateway now ?

Whonix-Gateway: If you want to test…

sudo whonix_repository --enable --repository testers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Hopefully not required.

sudo apt-get install non-qubes-whonix-gateway-kde

Let me know if it was required.

I decided to use the tester’s repository on both the Gateway and the Workstation. So no difference while updating or upgrading them in the futur.

May I ask you one more thing @Patrick ?

On my Workstation I still have a lot of packages that the system would like to remove :

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  anon-shared-applications-kde anon-shared-default-applications anon-shared-desktop anon-shared-desktop-kde anon-shared-packages-dependencies
  anon-shared-packages-recommended anon-torchat anon-workstation-packages-dependencies ca-certificates-mono cli-common libexif12 libgdiplus
  libjsoncpp1 libmono-accessibility4.0-cil libmono-corlib4.5-cil libmono-data-tds4.0-cil libmono-i18n-west4.0-cil libmono-i18n4.0-cil
  libmono-posix4.0-cil libmono-security4.0-cil libmono-system-configuration4.0-cil libmono-system-core4.0-cil libmono-system-data4.0-cil
  libmono-system-drawing4.0-cil libmono-system-enterpriseservices4.0-cil libmono-system-numerics4.0-cil
  libmono-system-runtime-serialization-formatters-soap4.0-cil libmono-system-security4.0-cil libmono-system-transactions4.0-cil
  libmono-system-windows-forms4.0-cil libmono-system-xml4.0-cil libmono-system4.0-cil libmono-webbrowser4.0-cil mono-4.0-gac mono-gac mono-runtime
  mono-runtime-common mono-runtime-sgen non-qubes-vm-enhancements thunderbird whonix-shared-packages-dependencies whonix-shared-packages-recommended
  whonix-workstation-packages-dependencies whonix-workstation-packages-recommended xsel xul-ext-torbirdy
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Same on the Gateway :

The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  anon-gateway-default-applications anon-gateway-packages-dependencies
  anon-gateway-packages-recommended anon-shared-applications-kde
  anon-shared-default-applications anon-shared-packages-dependencies
  anon-shared-packages-recommended libcdio13 libdirectfb-1.2-9 libgles1-mesa
  libiso9660-8 libvcdinfo0 libvlccore8 linux-headers-4.9.0-6-amd64
  linux-headers-4.9.0-6-common linux-image-4.9.0-6-amd64
  whonix-gateway-packages-dependencies whonix-gateway-packages-recommended
  whonix-shared-packages-dependencies whonix-shared-packages-recommended
Use 'sudo apt autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

Is that normal ? Can I keep it like this ? Is there a risk to autoremove ? Are these packages useful ?

EDIT : Error message was also present on the Gateway and I had to type the required command line :

sudo apt-get install non-qubes-whonix-gateway-kde

to make it disappear as I did on the Workstation.

Thank you again and again :slight_smile: You deserve :trophy::medal_military:

Expected.

Just now documented here:

https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Whonix_Debian_Packages#When_is_it_safe_to_run_sudo_apt-get_autoremove.3F

If I autoremove some of packages if I will set testers repositories and then run dist-upgrade packages will be back ?

I didn’t have coIM installed, but after update I got it installeg. Now Whonix is using coIM by default ?

I doubt that but I am also not sure I get the question right.

Yes, search in https://github.com/Whonix/anon-meta-packages/blob/master/debian/control

Yes sure @Patrick, I’ll do so and keep you (and the community) posted if I have some troubles while removing the above packages.

Again, many thanks for your support, you can’t imagine how your contribution is helpful.

Best regards,

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I did a snapshot before I launched sudo apt autoremove and afterwars everything is working very well. So that seems that the above packages are not required for the proper functioning of the Workstation.

Will update if something changed in the well operating of the system.

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Good Question dear Cottonwoodhill. Really good! Same Problem!

ef86

Hello ef86

What do you mean ? Do you also have the list of packages that the system proposes to remove ?

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