OK, it looks like I hosed myself with sys-usb, right?
I have grub available in my boot.
As I understand it, if I have grub, i shouldn’t be able to decrypt the disk without first killing sys-usb.
Yet I CAN decrypt; I can enter my pass phrase. The keyboard and mouse freeze before the login.
Using the grub menu, I was told I should be able to edit the boot commands and do this:
" At the GRUB screen, hit ‘e’, then remove
rd.qubes.hide_all_usb , then boot"
however this phrase appeared NOWHERE in my grub screen.
So I figured I had done something else to myself. (Especially since I had managed to boot with my sys-usb before.) I had attempted to rename sys-net and sys-firewall and had reset all the “defaults” I could find, and figured that had somehow burned me.
OK, now it gets totally wonky.
I tried rescue mode off my installation thumbdrive, but no matter what, it wouldn’t find my installation. I can’t say I’m terribly surprised; I had to create the thumb drive from a special beta-test version of Qubes in order to recognize my Nvme SDD at all; and perhaps the rescue part of it didn’t get the updates necessary to be able to see it.
I tried multiple times; I’m pretty sure I’m typing the LUKS password correctly.
So finally I took the next (and possibly fatal) step. There is an “ordinary” 2.5 inch SDD in the box, totally unused. I decided to install Qubes into it, and try to use that to recover the qubes etc from the old install.
I did do a no-frills install, but in doing so I appear to have wiped out the bootablility of the NVme SDD. I didn’t realize this at the time.
I was able to mount the entire old directory tree with this:
cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/mydevice mount_point
which I found here: After disk decryption, the screen shuts down and the computer reboots - #2 by opybsu , but was unable to figure out how to get my qubes off the old system. In fact I can’t figure out what he says he DID do after than…nvm2 is installed but doesn’t appear to be a command, vgchange doesn’t exist and sudo apt can’t find it.
Anyway, once I get all these things mounted with cryptsetup, how do I copy my qubes off that old system?
Failing that I’ll have to recreate the qube to go to some backups that are about four or five days old (and hope dom0 is among them.