How to Remove VMs Manually

How to Remove a TemplateVM Manually

Try the normal method before resorting to this. All of the following commands should be executed in a dom0 terminal.

When a template is marked as ‘installed by package manager’, but cannot be uninstalled there, trying to uninstall manually will result in the error “ERROR: VM installed by package manager: template-vm-name”. Do as follows to be able to uninstall the template:

  1. Check the state of installed_by_rpm

    $ qvm-prefs template-vm-name
  2. If installed_by_rpm - True], mark the template as not installed by package manager

    $ qvm-prefs template-vm-name installed_by_rpm false
  3. Re-check the state of installed_by_rpm

  • If installed_by_rpm - False, remove the template like you would a regular qube:

     $ qvm-remove template-vm-name
  • If installed_by_rpm remains True, reboot your computer to bring qubes.xml in sync with qubesd, and try again to remove the template.