[vbox-dev] Obtaining the source code for the VirtualBox rpms

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Tue Jun 21 13:12:36 GMT 2011

On Tuesday 21 June 2011 15:01:36 Martin Simmons wrote:
> Does anyone know how to get the source code for the VirtualBox open source
> rpms?  I don't necessarily mean an srpm, just something that can be used to
> rebuild the rpm with bug fixes.
> I've tried the official source download (VirtualBox-4.0.8.tar.bz2) but
> AFICT there are significant bits missing (relating to the OSE nature of
> the build).

If something is missing then this is a bug. Which VBox source tarball are
you using? The source for the RPM builds are in src/VBox/Installer/linux/rpm
and an rpm packagecan be built like

  cd src/VBox/Installer/linux && rpm/rules binary

There must be a file /etc/distname which contains something like fedora14
to describe the Linux distribution were are building on. Have a look at

Kind regards,

Dr.-Ing. Frank Mehnert
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