/etc/qubes/guid.conf syntax

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ix4...@gmail.com

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Aug 16, 2013, 5:47:41 PM8/16/13
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So I wanted fullscreen for one of my AppVMs and following http://wiki.qubes-os.org/trac/wiki/FullScreenMode to the letter, I created the following entry in /etc/qubes/guid.conf:

VM: {
  media: {
    allow_fullscreen = true;
  };
};
Problem is, once I did that, I could not start the AppVM. The GUI was showing me an unhelpful "ERROR: Cannot start qubes_guid!".

A more useful message was offered by running qvm-start media from Dom0:
[...]
--> Starting Qubes GUId...
Critical: error reading config (/etc/qubes/guid.conf:21): duplicate setting name
ERROR: Cannot start qubes_guid!

A-ha! So /etc/qubes/guid.conf cannot have two VM:{} stanzas. This was not obvious to me by the wording  "you can do that by creating the following entry in the /etc/qubes/guid.conf file in Dom0" in the documentation. Please consider updating the page to explicitly say that you must only have one VM:{} stanza.

For the visual types:

GOOD:
VM: {
work: { #allow_utf8_titles = true; };
 personal: { allow_fullscreen = true; }; };

BAD:
VM: {
  work: {
    #allow_utf8_titles = true;
  };
};

VM: { personal: { allow_fullscreen = true; }; };
Alex

Joanna Rutkowska

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Aug 17, 2013, 4:25:48 AM8/17/13
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Thanks, corrected. Also added link to FullScreenMode on the User Docs page.

joanna.

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O K

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Jul 16, 2019, 3:36:50 PM7/16/19
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Thanks for the info, but I believe your spacing does not match the Qubes' Instructions.
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