How-to: Fix dom0 Qubes-Whonix ™ UpdatesProxy Settings

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If you see the following warning...

WARNING: Execution of /usr/bin/apt-get prevented by /etc/uwt.d/40_qubes.conf because no torified Qubes updates proxy found.

If this warning message is transient, it can be safely ignored. Otherwise, try one of the fixes below.

Update dom0[edit]

To launch a dom0 terminal, click the Qubes App Launcher (blue/grey "Q") and then open the Terminal Emulator (Xfce Terminal).


Upgrade Qubes dom0. [1]

sudo qubes-dom0-update

Error Resolution Methods[edit]

The following fixes are listed in order of preference.

Salt Fix[edit]

Use salt to setup dom0 settings. [2]

sudo qubesctl state.sls qvm.anon-whonix

Next, check if the problem has been corrected. Run the following command in Whonix ™ TemplateVM.

sudo systemctl restart qubes-whonix-torified-updates-proxy-check

Then try to update / use apt-get again.

If there are still problems, try the manual fix below.

Manual Fix[edit]

Please make sure Whonix-Gateway ™ (sys-whonix) is running.

  • Qubes R3.2: The NetVM of this TemplateVM should be set to Whonix-Gateway ™ (sys-whonix). [3]
  • Qubes R4 or higher: Check the dom0 /etc/qubes-rpc/policy/qubes.UpdatesProxy settings.

At the very top of that file, the following text should appear.

$tag:whonix-updatevm $default allow,target=sys-whonix

If it is not there, add it.

To view a complete example of the /etc/qubes-rpc/policy/qubes.UpdatesProxy file, please press on expand on the right.

/etc/qubes-rpc/policy/qubes.UpdatesProxy (raw):

## Note that policy parsing stops at the first match,
## so adding anything below "$anyvm $anyvm action" line will have no effect

## Please use a single # to start your custom comments

# Upgrade all TemplateVMs through sys-whonix.
#$type:TemplateVM $default allow,target=sys-whonix

# Upgrade {{project name}} TemplateVMs through sys-whonix.
$tag:whonix-updatevm $default allow,target=sys-whonix

# Deny {{project name}} TemplateVMs using UpdatesProxy of any other VM.
$tag:whonix-updatevm $anyvm deny

# Default rule for all TemplateVMs - direct the connection to sys-net
$type:TemplateVM $default allow,target=sys-net

$anyvm $anyvm deny

If Multiple Qubes-Whonix ™ TemplateVMs are configured -- like when the Whonix ™ TemplateVM is cloned -- please press on expand on the right.

The following syntax should apply.

Name-Of-{{project_name}}-TemplateVM $default allow,target={{gateway_product_name_short}}-TemplateBased-ProxyVM

Example entry for Whonix-Gateway ™ TemplateVM.

whonix-gw-14 $default allow,target=sys-whonix

Example entry for Whonix-Workstation ™ TemplateVM.

whonix-ws-14 $default allow,target=sys-whonix

To test if it is fixed, run the following command in Whonix ™ TemplateVM.

sudo systemctl restart qubes-whonix-torified-updates-proxy-check

Then try to update / use apt-get again.

Reinstallation Fix[edit]

If the salt and manual fix attempts both fail, then follow the steps to Reinstall Qubes-Whonix ™ TemplateVMs. If reinstallation also fails, then ask for support in the Whonix ™ forums.


The following development resources are recommended for interested readers:


  1. This is required to make sure a recent version of Qubes repository definition files, Qubes salt as well as qubes-core-admin-addon-whonix gets installed.
  2. Dev/Qubes#salt
  3. Qubes R3.2 reached EOL on 28 March, 2019. It is strongly recommended to upgrade to Qubes R4.0 to stay safe.

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