[SOLVED] You are attempting to remove the meta-package 'proxmox-ve'!


Nov 11, 2021
Dear all

I get the following message when I want to update from PVE 7 to PVE 8:

W: (pve-apt-hook) !! WARNING !!
W: (pve-apt-hook) You are attempting to remove the meta-package 'proxmox-ve'!
W: (pve-apt-hook)
W: (pve-apt-hook) If you really want to permanently remove 'proxmox-ve' from your system, run the following command
W: (pve-apt-hook)       touch '/please-remove-proxmox-ve'
W: (pve-apt-hook) run apt purge proxmox-ve to remove the meta-package
W: (pve-apt-hook) and repeat your apt invocation.
W: (pve-apt-hook)
W: (pve-apt-hook) If you are unsure why 'proxmox-ve' would be removed, please verify
W: (pve-apt-hook)       - your APT repository settings
W: (pve-apt-hook)       - that you are using 'apt full-upgrade' to upgrade your system
E: Sub-process /usr/share/proxmox-ve/pve-apt-hook returned an error code (1)
E: Failure running script /usr/share/proxmox-ve/pve-apt-hook

the "linux-image-amd64" is not installed:
root@UNP-PVE1:~# apt remove linux-image-amd64
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
Package 'linux-image-amd64' is not installed, so not removed
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 657 not upgraded.

There are also no other package sources available:

root@UNP-PVE1:~# ls -la /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
total 9
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root  2 Aug 10 08:59 .
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 10 Aug 10 09:01 ..
root@UNP-PVE1:~# cat /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian bookworm main contrib

deb http://ftp.ch.debian.org/debian bookworm-updates main contrib

# security updates
deb http://security.debian.org bookworm-security main contrib

deb http://download.proxmox.com/debian/pve bookworm pve-no-subscription


pveversion -v
root@UNP-PVE1:~# pveversion -v
proxmox-ve: 7.4-1 (running kernel: 5.15.108-1-pve)
pve-manager: 7.4-16 (running version: 7.4-16/0f39f621)
pve-kernel-5.15: 7.4-4
pve-kernel-5.15.108-1-pve: 5.15.108-2
pve-kernel-5.15.107-2-pve: 5.15.107-2
ceph-fuse: 16.2.13-pve1
corosync: 3.1.7-pve1
criu: 3.15-1+pve-1
glusterfs-client: 9.2-1
ifupdown2: 3.1.0-1+pmx4
ksm-control-daemon: 1.4-1
libjs-extjs: 7.0.0-1
libknet1: 1.24-pve2
libproxmox-acme-perl: 1.4.4
libproxmox-backup-qemu0: 1.3.1-1
libproxmox-rs-perl: 0.2.1
libpve-access-control: 7.4.1
libpve-apiclient-perl: 3.2-1
libpve-common-perl: 7.4-2
libpve-guest-common-perl: 4.2-4
libpve-http-server-perl: 4.2-3
libpve-network-perl: 0.7.3
libpve-rs-perl: 0.7.7
libpve-storage-perl: 7.4-3
libspice-server1: 0.14.3-2.1
lvm2: 2.03.11-2.1
lxc-pve: 5.0.2-2
lxcfs: 5.0.3-pve1
novnc-pve: 1.4.0-1
proxmox-backup-client: 2.4.3-1
proxmox-backup-file-restore: 2.4.3-1
proxmox-kernel-helper: 7.4-1
proxmox-mail-forward: 0.1.1-1
proxmox-mini-journalreader: 1.3-1
proxmox-offline-mirror-helper: 0.5.2
proxmox-widget-toolkit: 3.7.3
pve-cluster: 7.3-3
pve-container: 4.4-6
pve-docs: 7.4-2
pve-edk2-firmware: 3.20230228-4~bpo11+1
pve-firewall: 4.3-5
pve-firmware: 3.6-5
pve-ha-manager: 3.6.1
pve-i18n: 2.12-1
pve-qemu-kvm: 7.2.0-8
pve-xtermjs: 4.16.0-2
qemu-server: 7.4-4
smartmontools: 7.2-pve3
spiceterm: 3.2-2
swtpm: 0.8.0~bpo11+3
vncterm: 1.7-1
zfsutils-linux: 2.1.11-pve1

apt -o Debug::pkgProblemResolver=yes full-upgrade
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Does anyone have an idea?

Thank you and best regards


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Yes, sure:


Checking for package updates..
PASS: all packages up-to-date

Checking proxmox-ve package version..
PASS: proxmox-ve package has version >= 7.4-1

Checking running kernel version..
PASS: running kernel '5.15.107-2-pve' is considered suitable for upgrade.


PASS: systemd unit 'pve-cluster.service' is in state 'active'
PASS: systemd unit 'corosync.service' is in state 'active'
PASS: Cluster Filesystem is quorate.

Analzying quorum settings and state..
INFO: configured votes - nodes: 2
INFO: configured votes - qdevice: 0
INFO: current expected votes: 2
INFO: current total votes: 2
WARN: cluster consists of less than three quorum-providing nodes!

Checking nodelist entries..
PASS: nodelist settings OK

Checking totem settings..
PASS: totem settings OK

INFO: run 'pvecm status' to get detailed cluster status..


SKIP: no hyper-converged ceph setup detected!


PASS: storage 'NAS02-Backup' enabled and active.
PASS: storage 'NAS02-Iso' enabled and active.
PASS: storage 'NAS02-Vm' enabled and active.
PASS: storage 'UNP-BACKUP1' enabled and active.
PASS: storage 'UNP-BACKUP2' enabled and active.
SKIP: storage 'local' disabled.
INFO: Checking storage content type configuration..
PASS: no storage content problems found
PASS: no storage re-uses a directory for multiple content types.


INFO: Checking common daemon services..
PASS: systemd unit 'pveproxy.service' is in state 'active'
PASS: systemd unit 'pvedaemon.service' is in state 'active'
PASS: systemd unit 'pvescheduler.service' is in state 'active'
PASS: systemd unit 'pvestatd.service' is in state 'active'
INFO: Checking for supported & active NTP service..
PASS: Detected active time synchronisation unit 'chrony.service'
INFO: Checking for running guests..
PASS: no running guest detected.
INFO: Checking if the local node's hostname 'UNP-PVE1' is resolvable..
INFO: Checking if resolved IP is configured on local node..
PASS: Resolved node IP '' configured and active on single interface.
INFO: Check node certificate's RSA key size
PASS: Certificate 'pve-root-ca.pem' passed Debian Busters (and newer) security level for TLS connections (4096 >= 2048)
PASS: Certificate 'pve-ssl.pem' passed Debian Busters (and newer) security level for TLS connections (2048 >= 2048)
INFO: Checking backup retention settings..
PASS: no backup retention problems found.
INFO: checking CIFS credential location..
PASS: no CIFS credentials at outdated location found.
INFO: Checking permission system changes..
INFO: Checking custom role IDs for clashes with new 'PVE' namespace..
PASS: no custom roles defined, so no clash with 'PVE' role ID namespace enforced in Proxmox VE 8
INFO: Checking if LXCFS is running with FUSE3 library, if already upgraded..
SKIP: not yet upgraded, no need to check the FUSE library version LXCFS uses
INFO: Checking node and guest description/note length..
PASS: All node config descriptions fit in the new limit of 64 KiB
PASS: All guest config descriptions fit in the new limit of 8 KiB
INFO: Checking container configs for deprecated lxc.cgroup entries
PASS: No legacy 'lxc.cgroup' keys found.
INFO: Checking if the suite for the Debian security repository is correct..
PASS: found no suite mismatch
INFO: Checking for existence of NVIDIA vGPU Manager..
WARN: Running NVIDIA vGPU Service found, possibly not compatible with newer kernel versions, check with their documentation and https://pve.proxmox.com/wiki/Upgrade_from_7_to_8#Known_upgrade_issues.
INFO: Checking bootloader configuration...
SKIP: not yet upgraded, no need to check the presence of systemd-boot
SKIP: No containers on node detected.


TOTAL:    38
PASSED:   31

ATTENTION: Please check the output for detailed information!

I am not sure if it is due to a previous CEPH installation which I removed.
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Dear fiona, dear Moayad

Thank you very much for the feedback. It was indeed due to source files of CEPH installation. After this is captured I have run through the update.

Thanks and best regards!


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