I attempted to install Bisq onto a debian 10 template using the following guide. I failed at the step where it asks to install the Bisq .deb package via the following command…
sudo dpkg -i Bisq-*.deb
I deleted the Qube and gave up, but hopefully someone here knows the solution. The error I got was something along the lines of the system not knowing the location parameter or directory parameter, which leads me to believe that the directory commands in the guide might be defunct.
- Can someone please help me find a solution to this?
- Why would someone start Bisq from dom0 like the guide says? Doesn’t this defeat the security model?
How to setup
Execute the following steps in dom0.
Create a new dedicated qube called bisq-vm based on the debian-10 template.
Q Menu > Create Qubes VM > Qube based on a template Template: choose debian-10 Check "Launch settings after creation" Press OK
Within a few seconds, the qube is created and the Qube Settings popup opens. Adjust it as follows:
Basic > Disk Storage Set "Private Storage max size" to at least 5000 MiB  Advanced > Memory / CPU Set "Initial memory" to 6000 MB  Set "vCPUs no." to 4 Uncheck "Include in memory balancing"  Press OK
In dedicated qube
Execute the following steps in the bisq-vm qube.
Configure binding dirs
Setup the binding dirs mapping for the system folders needed for the Bisq installation:
sudo mkdir -p /rw/config/qubes-bind-dirs.d
Specify which system folders are mapped to binding dirs. To do that, create the configuration file:
sudo nano /rw/config/qubes-bind-dirs.d/50_user.conf
and populate it with the following lines  :
binds+=( ‘/opt/Bisq’ )
binds+=( ‘/usr/share/desktop-directories’ )
Create binding dirs
Create the binding dirs needed for the Bisq installation:
sudo mkdir -p /rw/bind-dirs/opt/Bisq
sudo mkdir -p /rw/bind-dirs/usr/share/desktop-directories
Restart the qube to apply the binding dir settings.
Download Debian package
Go to the Bisq Downloads page and download the Debian package and the corresponding PGP signature.
Verify PGP signature
Check that the downloaded package matches the signature . Assuming the files were downloaded in the Downloads folder:
Go to the folder where you downloaded the .deb package and the PGP signature
Import the signing key of Christoph Atteneder
curl https://bisq.network/pubkey/29CDFD3B.asc | gpg --import
Verify the signature of the downloaded binary
gpg --digest-algo SHA256 --verify Bisq-*.asc
sudo dpkg -i Bisq-*.deb
Once this command finishes, Bisq is installed and ready to run.
How to run
From dedicated qube
Bisq can be started by running /opt/Bisq/Bisq in the bisq-vm qube.
To start Bisq directly from dom0, a keyboard shortcut can be defined:
Q Menu > System Tools > Keyboard > Application Shortcuts Add a shortcut where the command has the format qvm-run -q -a <qube-name> <command> For example, in our case: qvm-run -q -a bisq-vm /opt/Bisq/Bisq Assign a system-wide key combination for starting Bisq For example Ctrl+Alt+B Press OK
Now pressing the key combination anywhere in QubesOS will automatically start the Bisq application.