[vbox-dev] VBox 5.14 Win10 Host + Arch-Linux Guest

Frank Mehnert frank.mehnert at oracle.com
Mon Sep 5 15:13:17 GMT 2016


On Thursday, 1 September 2016 12:12:22 CEST debbie10t wrote:
> first, as this is the vbox-dev list please be clear, I am not asking for
> VBox help. I have been subscribed to this list for a while and it seems
> this query should be ok to ask here.
> Quick summary:
> I have been running vbox for some years, I am quite familiar with it.
> I run a win10 host with Linux:arch/centOS/Debian/Ubuntu and WinXP guests.
> This all worked well for a long time.
> Problem:
> Recently, I upgraded vbox to version 5.1.4 r110238, and now the
> arch-linux client simply will not run properly.  It seems that it refuses
> to load the guest additions.
> I have spoken to the arch-linux support channels (on freenode) and their
> immediate response was that "there is a problem between virtual box and
> the latest Linux Kernel" I could not get any other useful information out
> of that channel .. other than they believe the problem lies entirely with
> Virtualbox.
> I also asked on freenode#vbox but did not get any reply to my question ..
> As arch-linux is one of the bleeding edge linux distros I am prepared to
> accept that problems like this will most likely manifest themselves with
> arch before any other OS.
> Question:
> Is this problem known to the Vbox developers ?
> I have scanned the bug-trac but could not find a matching bug report.
> Is there anything I can do to help ?

Short answer: That problem is not known. 

Long answer: As you wrote that you are quite familiar with VirtualBox I
would expect that you provide some more information. For instance, which
kernel runs in your ArchLinux guest and what is the content of

And you say that the Guest Additions refuse to load. What problem do you
observe in detail?

Kind regards,

Dr.-Ing. Frank Mehnert | Software Development Director, VirtualBox
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