[vbox-dev] [EXPERIMENTAL] VBox-Unattended Release 0.7.1 - Automated guest OS install

Pau Garcia i Quiles pgquiles at elpauer.org
Fri Oct 18 19:10:54 UTC 2013


This is great work indeed

I do not work for Oracle but I'm sure they will agree with this:

   - Please do not increment version numbers. What you call "4.1.29" should
   be called "4.1.28+alexey" or "4.1.28+unattended", or something like that.
   Otherwise, it creates confusion.

   - Why would porting to Windows be difficult? I have skimmed over the
   code and noticed nothing really difficult to port (or maybe I missed it)

   - I noticed some wrong changes in the documentation (probably due to
   moving your patch forward VBox versions without re-reading the whole patch,
   easy to fix)

   - Are you publishing your code in a git/svn repository somewhere? If you
   use git to mirror the VirtualBox svn repository (use git-svn) and create a
   branch for your work, then synchronizing and providing patches (and getting
   more people to eventually help with VBox Unattended) would be much easier

On Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Alexey Eromenko <al4321 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have good news and bad news:
> The Good news:
> 1. I have revived vboxunattended patch with 0.7.1 release
> 2. I have built a binary installer - VirtualBox_unattended-OSE-4.1.29
> for those who like to try it out
> The version is a patched 4.1.28, that I renamed as 4.1.29.
> The bad news:
> 1. Linux hosts only (porting to Windows will be difficult)
> 2. I'we tried & failed to port the patchset to the new VirtualBox
> 4.3.0 release -- because the code in this release is so complex, that
> I can't understand it.
> [specifically: I was unable to understand how parameters are passed
> between the classes in the New VM wizard, for example how the RAM
> parameter goes from the VirtualBox GUI into the COM server IMachine
> interface:
> UIWizardNewVMPageBasic2->UIWizardNewVMPage2->UINameAndSystemEditor->UIWizardNewVM->CMachine...
> ?]
> vbox-unattended patchset is experimental.
> Supported guest OSes: (list not changed in few years)
> -openSUSE 11.4 32/64-bit
> -Debian 6.0 DVD 32/64-bit
> -Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 (32/64-bit)
> -Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (32/64-bit)
> -Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (32/64-bit)
> -Windows XP (32-bit)
> -Windows Vista (32-bit)
> (other OSes might or might not work)
> Install instructions: (Debian Linux)
> 1. New Dependencies:
> # apt-get install p7zip-full mtools genisoimage
> 2. Download & install patched VirtualBox-unattended-OSE for Linux: (4.1.29)
> http://www.qumble.org/Downloads/VirtualBox-4.1.29_unattended-OSE-r89849.run
> 2e22e1568a49c0585ab7d4dee6eec50e
> /home/alexey/1/VirtualBox-4.1.29_unattended-OSE-r89849.run
> 3. Make sure you use Oracle's guest additions:
> Download
> http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/4.1.28/VBoxGuestAdditions_4.1.28.iso
> cp [path]/VBoxGuestAdditions_4.1.28.iso
> /opt/VirtualBox/additions/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso
> Source code:
> https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=46798&p=211187#p211187
> --
> -Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"
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Pau Garcia i Quiles
(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)
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