sdwdate-gui: Secure Distributed Web Date Graphical User Interface

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sdwdate-gui is an optional graphical user interface (GUI) for sdwdate. sdwdate-gui can optionally be configured to block networking until sdwdate finishes, preventing potential leakage of the time before it is changed.


Figure: sdwdate-gui


Figure: sdwdate-gui Functions


Figure: sdwdate-gui Successful Time Fetching



Qubes-Whonix - Unexpected Autostart of sys-whonix[edit]

Follow instructions multiple Qubes-Whonix ™ Whonix-Workstation ™. [1]


Disable Autostart[edit]

  • Qubes users note: Apply the following steps Whonix-Gateway ™ (whonix-gw-15) and Whonix-Workstation ™ (whonix-ws-15) TemplateVM. [2]
  • Non-Qubes-Whonix users note: Apply these instructions wherever you like to disable sdwdate-gui autostart.

[3] Open file /etc/sdwdate-gui.d/50_user.conf in an editor with root rights.

(Qubes-Whonix ™: In TemplateVM)

This box uses lxsudo for root privilege escalation and mousepad as editor. These are examples. Other tools could archive the same goal too. If these example tools do not work for you or if you are not using Whonix, please see this link.

If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix ™ with XFCE, run.

lxsudo mousepad /etc/sdwdate-gui.d/50_user.conf

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, run.

sudo nano /etc/sdwdate-gui.d/50_user.conf




The process of disabling autostart of sdwdate-gui is now complete.

See Also[edit]


The sdwdate-gui source code can be found here.

Interested readers can follow open sdwdate-gui phabricator tickets here and the development discussion here.


  1. Qubes bug report:
  2. Qubes users might want to use folder /usr/local/etc/sdwdate-gui.d in TemplateBasedVMs instead since that folder would persist after reboot and does not require changes in TemplateVM.

    Create folder /usr/local/etc/sdwdate-gui.d.
    sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/etc/sdwdate-gui.d
    Then edit file /usr/local/etc/sdwdate-gui.d/50_user.conf instead.

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