Bug#929751: gnome-boxes: Download functionality doesn't work

Peter De Wachter pdewacht at gmail.com
Thu May 30 14:21:09 BST 2019

Package: gnome-boxes
Version: 3.30.3-2
Severity: important

When creating a new box, gnome-boxes shows the option "Download an
OS". This option doesn't work.

To reproduce:
- Start gnome-boxes, click "New"
- Click "Download an OS"
- Choose a distro, all (other than RHEL) seem to give the same result.
  Some that I tried:
    - Debian 9 i686 (netinst)
    - Ubuntu 18.10 x86_64
    - Fedora 29 Workstation x86_64 (Live)

You get a screen that says:
> Preparing to create a new box
> Downloading media...

It briefly shows a pop-up message:
> Unsupported protocol "file"

After this, nothing seems to happen. Nothing gets downloaded.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.0
  APT prefers unstable-debug
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable-debug'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'testing'), (500, 'stable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-5-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=nl_BE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=nl_BE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=nl_BE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages gnome-boxes depends on:
ii  dconf-gsettings-backend [gsettings-ba  0.30.1-2
ii  libarchive13                           3.3.3-4
ii  libc6                                  2.28-10
ii  libcairo2                              1.16.0-4
ii  libfreerdp2-2                          2.0.0~git20190204.1.2693389a+dfsg1-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0                     2.38.1+dfsg-1
ii  libglib2.0-0                           2.58.3-1
ii  libgovirt2                             0.3.4-3.1
ii  libgtk-3-0                             3.24.5-1
ii  libgtk-vnc-2.0-0                       0.9.0-1.1
ii  libgudev-1.0-0                         232-2
ii  libosinfo-1.0-0                        1.2.0-1
ii  libosinfo-bin                          1.2.0-1
ii  libpango-1.0-0                         1.42.4-6
ii  librest-0.7-0                          0.8.1-1
ii  libsecret-1-0                          0.18.7-1
ii  libsoup2.4-1                           2.64.2-2
ii  libspice-client-glib-2.0-8             0.35-2
ii  libspice-client-gtk-3.0-5              0.35-2
ii  libtracker-sparql-2.0-0                2.1.8-2
ii  libusb-1.0-0                           2:1.0.22-2
ii  libvirt-daemon                         5.0.0-3
ii  libvirt-glib-1.0-0                     1.0.0-1
ii  libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37                   2.24.2-1
ii  libxml2                                2.9.4+dfsg1-7+b3
ii  mtools                                 4.0.23-1
ii  tracker                                2.1.8-2

Versions of packages gnome-boxes recommends:
ii  qemu-system-x86  1:3.1+dfsg-8

gnome-boxes suggests no packages.

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