[vbox-dev] Building VBoxGuestAdditions.iso

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Fri Mar 18 14:10:29 GMT 2011

On 17.03.2011 22:06, Vikram Kapoor wrote:
> Thanks Ramshankar. I am trying to get to a state where I can produce
> VBox binary as it ships and any help will be greatly appreciated!
> Is there anybody I can talk to about earlier questions I had about
> Windows build? I would like to avoid tripping over config mistakes.
> E.g. I get circbuf.cpp compile errors which require a simple patch to
> asm.h. But important question is whether code is out of sync or my
> settings wrong. So if you can confirm that OSE/SCN/truck compiles on
> windows in your setup, that will help a lot.

At the moment everyone in the VirtualBox team uses a carefully selected 
set of build tools (essentially what's listed on the web page), so we're 
using an extremely uniform setup. The versions often are relatively old, 
which means that unless one has a MSDN subscription the exact same 
versions are no longer available.

We're working on this (has to be low priority...), the plan is to fix 
all issues in VirtualBox which prevent building with Visual Studio 2010 
Express and other free of charge tools/libraries which can be downloaded 


> --Vikram
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:31 AM, Ramshankar
> <ramshankar.venkataraman at oracle.com
> <mailto:ramshankar.venkataraman at oracle.com>> wrote:
>     We do automated, staged building of ISOs for different platforms in VMs
>     and are then fetched and packaged into the final ISO. This is
>     non-trivial to setup and there are no ready-made instructions for this.
>     You could have a look the root Makefile.kmk and
>     src/VBox/Additions/Makefile.kmk for a start.
>     On Wed, 2011-03-16 at 22:52 -0700, Vikram Kapoor wrote:
>      > Hi,
>      >
>      >
>      > VBoxGuestAdditions.iso that ships as part of VirtualBox.exe has
>      > packages from different operating systems like Linux, amd64, Solaris
>      > etc. I guess these must have been built on different platforms before
>      > been packaged.
>      >
>      >
>      > Are there any instructions on how to create the iso image correctly?
>      >
>      >
>      > --Vikram
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