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Whonix Live-mode - Alternative ro-mode-init Configuration

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1. Backup.

Option 1: Create a snapshot of your VM. OR

Option 2: Alternatively backup the /boot folder.

sudo cp -a /boot /boot.back

2. Install ro-mode-init.

Update the package lists.

sudo apt-get update

Upgrade the system.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Install the ro-mode-init package.

sudo apt-get install ro-mode-init

The procedure of installing ro-mode-init is now complete.

VirtualBox[edit]

Read-only disk on VirtualBox[edit]

To boot into live mode, apply the following steps.

Set the VirtualBox virtual harddrive to read-only.

1. Power off the machine.

2. From the command line run.

Syntax.

VBoxManage setextradata vmname "VBoxInternal/Devices/lsilogicsas/0/LUN#0/AttachedDriver/Config/ReadOnly" 1

Replace vmname with the name of the actual VM name.

For example for Whonix-Gateway.

VBoxManage setextradata Whonix-Gateway "VBoxInternal/Devices/lsilogicsas/0/LUN#0/AttachedDriver/Config/ReadOnly" 1

For example for Whonix-Workstation.

VBoxManage setextradata Whonix-Workstation "VBoxInternal/Devices/lsilogicsas/0/LUN#0/AttachedDriver/Config/ReadOnly" 1

Read-write disk on VirtualBox[edit]

To boot into read-write mode again, simply revert this change.

1. Power off the machine.

2. From the command line run.

Syntax.

VBoxManage setextradata vmname "VBoxInternal/Devices/lsilogicsas/0/LUN#0/AttachedDriver/Config/ReadOnly"

Replace vmname with the name of the actual VM name.

KVM[edit]

Read-only disk on KVM[edit]

To boot into live mode, apply the following steps.

1. Power off the machine.

2. Set the hard disk to read-only in the virt-manager GUI.

3. Power on the machine and select to boot into live mode.

Read-write disk on KVM[edit]

To boot into normal mode again, simply revert this change.

1. Power off the machine.

2. Set the hard disk to read-write in the virt-manager GUI.

3. Power on the machine and boot into read-write mode.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. To the default method documented on Whonix Live.

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