Upgrading the Fedora 21 Template

Summary: Upgrading the Standard Fedora 21 Template to Fedora 23

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-clone fedora-21 fedora-23
    [user@dom0 ~]$ truncate -s 5GB /var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-run -a fedora-23 gnome-terminal
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-block -A fedora-23 dom0:/var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/xvdi
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mount /dev/xvdi /mnt/removable
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mkdir /mnt/removable/modules 
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo cp -rp /usr/lib/modules /mnt/removable/modules
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mount --bind /mnt/removable/modules /usr/lib/modules
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum clean all
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum --releasever=23 --enablerepo=qubes*current-testing --setopt=cachedir=/mnt/removable distro-sync

(Shut down TemplateVM by any normal means.)

    [user@dom0 ~]$ rm /var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-trim-template fedora-23

(Done.)

Detailed: Upgrading the Standard Fedora 21 Template to Fedora 23

These instructions will show you how to upgrade the standard Fedora 21 TemplateVM to Fedora 23. The same general procedure may be used to upgrade any template based on the standard Fedora 21 template.

  1. Ensure the existing template is not running.

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-shutdown fedora-21
    
  2. Clone the existing template and start a terminal in the new template.

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-clone fedora-21 fedora-23
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-run -a fedora-23 gnome-terminal
    
  3. Attempt the upgrade process in the new template. For now you need to enable testing repository to do that.

    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum clean all
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum --releasever=23 --enablerepo=qubes*current-testing distro-sync
    
  4. Shutdown the new TemplateVM via dom0 command line or Qubes VM Manager;

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-shutdown fedora-23
    

    If you encounter no errors, proceed to step 7.

  5. If yum reports that you do not have enough free disk space to proceed with the upgrade process, create an empty file in dom0 to use as a cache and attach it to the template as a virtual disk.

    [user@dom0 ~]$ truncate -s 5GB /var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-block -A fedora-23 dom0:/var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    

    Then reattempt the upgrade process, but this time using the virtual disk as a cache.

    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mkfs.ext4 /dev/xvdi
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mount /dev/xvdi /mnt/removable
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum clean all
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo yum --releasever=23 --enablerepo=qubes*current-testing --setopt=cachedir=/mnt/removable distro-sync
    

    (Poweroff via Qubes VM Manager. May need to be killed.)

  6. If yum complains that there is not enough free space in /usr/lib/modules, do this before reattempting the upgrade:

    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mkdir /mnt/removable/modules 
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo cp -rp /usr/lib/modules /mnt/removable/modules
    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ sudo mount --bind /mnt/removable/modules /usr/lib/modules
    
  7. yum may complain:

    At least X MB more space needed on the / filesystem.
    

    In this case, one option is to resize the TemplateVM’s disk image before reattempting the upgrade process. (See Additional Information below for other options.)

  8. After the upgrade process is finished, remove the cache file, if you created one.

    [user@dom0 ~]$ rm /var/tmp/template-upgrade-cache.img
    
  9. Trim the new template (see Compacting the Upgraded Template for details and other options).

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-trim-template fedora-23
    
  10. (Optional) Remove the old default template.

    [user@dom0 ~]$ sudo yum remove qubes-template-fedora-21
    

Summary: Upgrading the Minimal Fedora 21 Template to Fedora 23

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-clone fedora-21-minimal fedora-23-minimal
    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-run -a fedora-23-minimal xterm
    [user@fedora-23-minimal ~]$ su -
    [root@fedora-23-minimal ~]# yum clean all
    [user@fedora-23-minimal ~]# yum --releasever=23 --enablerepo=qubes*current-testing distro-sync

(Shut down TemplateVM by any normal means.)

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-trim-template fedora-23-minimal

(If you encounter insufficient space issues, you may need to use the methods described for the standard template above.)

Differences Between the Standard and Minimal Upgrade Procedures

The procedure for upgrading the minimal template (or any template based on the minimal template) is the same as the procedure for the standard template above, with the following exceptions:

  1. gnome-terminal is not installed by default. Unless you’ve installed it (or another terminal emulator), use xterm. (Of course, you can also use xterm for the standard template, if you prefer.)
  2. sudo is not installed by default. Unless you’ve installed it, use su as demonstrated above. (Of course, you can also use su for the standard template, if you prefer.)

Compacting the Upgraded Template

Neither fstrim nor the discard mount option works on the TemplateVM’s root filesystem, so when a file is removed in the template, space is not freed in dom0. This means that the template will use about twice as much space as is really necessary after upgrading.

If you have at least qubes-core-dom0-2.1.68 installed or are on Qubes R3.0, you can use the qvm-trim-template tool:

    [user@dom0 ~]$ qvm-trim-template fedora-23

If you do not have qubes-core-dom0-2.1.68 or are on older Qubes version, you can compact the root.img manually. To do this, you will need about 15GB (the TemplateVM’s max size + the actually used space there) free space in dom0.

  1. Start the template and fill all the free space with zeros, for example with:

    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ dd if=/dev/zero of=/var/tmp/zero
    
  2. Wait for the “No space left on device” error. Then:

    [user@fedora-23 ~]$ rm -f /var/tmp/zero
    
  3. Shut down the template and all VMs based on it. Then:

    [user@dom0 ~]$ cd /var/lib/qubes/vm-templates/fedora-23
    [user@dom0 ~]$ cp --sparse=always root.img root.img.new
    [user@dom0 ~]$ mv root.img.new root.img
    

Additional Information

As mentioned above, you may encounter the following yum error:

At least X MB more space needed on the / filesystem.

In this case, you have several options:

  1. Increase the TemplateVM’s disk image size. This is the solution mentioned in the main instructions above.
  2. Delete files in order to free up space. One way to do this is by uninstalling packages. You may then reinstalling them again after you finish the upgrade process, if desired). However, you may end up having to increase the disk image size anyway (see previous option).
  3. Increase the root.img size with qvm-grow-root. It should be easy to extend the qvm-grow-root tool in order to support PV (and not only HVM) VMs. This is already done in R3.1.
  4. Do the upgrade in parts, e.g., by using package groups. (First upgrade @core packages, then the rest.)
  5. Do not perform an in-place upgrade. Instead, simply download and install a new template package, then redo all desired template modifications.

With regard to the last option, here are some useful messages from the mailing list which also apply to TemplateVM management and migration in general:

Upgrading to Fedora 22

You may choose to upgrade to Fedora 22 instead of Fedora 23. In that case, simply replace version “23” with “22” in all above commands.

Known issues with Fedora 23