[vbox-dev] Co-existence of distribution-installed Guest Additions and Oracle-provided ones

Michael Thayer michael.thayer at oracle.com
Mon Apr 3 18:22:47 UTC 2017

Hello all (especially distribution package maintainers),

Hans de Goede from Redhat suggested a nice simple solution for stopping 
our Additions and distribution Additions packages from treading on each 
other's feet: a well-known file - 
/usr/sbin/vbox-uninstall-guest-additions - which can be executed to 
uninstall the currently installed Additions, say by executing "dnf 
remove virtualbox-guest-additions" or whatever is appropriate.  This is 
implemented in our Additions as of public svn r66387[1] and should be in 
any future 5.1 series Additions too.  It would be great if distribution 
packages could also add this.  It does not need to remove kernel modules 
which are part of a distribution kernel package as long as they are not 
in a location which clashes with ours (ours live in 

[1] https://www.virtualbox.org/changeset/66387/vbox/trunk

Thanks and regards
Michael Thayer | VirtualBox engineer
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