[vbox-dev] I: Updating packages for Linux build instructions (Ubuntu 16.04)

Gianfranco Costamagna costamagnagianfranco at yahoo.it
Mon Feb 20 16:32:46 GMT 2017

(bouncing from my yahoo mail address)

Il Lunedì 20 Febbraio 2017 17:25, Gianfranco Costamagna <locutusofborg at debian.org> ha scritto:

>- libhal-dev: this package is no longer available in the Ubuntu repositories. It used to be replaced by some other package, but this is not the case anymore.
>   The only viable solution (to the best of my knowledge) is to
>    add a private repository, named mjblenner/ppa-hal(https://launchpad.net/~mjblenner/+archive/ubuntu/ppa-hal),
>which cointains the last HAL packages. 

HAL is inside systemd (or has been replaced), so please don't use it

>- linux-kernel-headers -> replaced (automatically) by linux-libc-dev
>- python-central -> a part from being unavailable, it seems it is simply not needed anymore (since python is pre-installed).
>- (64-bit systems) ia32-libs -> replaced by lib32ncurses5
>- mkisofs -> replaced by genisoimage
>- SSL: libcurl4-openssl-dev is not sufficient, since it does not install the headers. These are installed by libssl-dev
>- VPX: this is not even included in the list, but it is necessary to install the libvpx-dev package
>- Qt4: Starting from VBox 5, the correct version is Qt5, and it can be installed through the qt5-default package
>Another good thing to add would be to add instructions for the watcom package, which has to be installed manually.
>Currently, the only version I managed to make visible to vbox is
>    the one from openwatcom.org (http://www.openwatcom.org/download.php).
>After installing the package (download the linux binary, make it
>    executable (chmod +x), run the installation choosing the
>    destination folder),
>it is necessary to export the WATCOM variable in order to have it
>    correctly seen by vbox: ' export WATCOM=watcom-full-path'.
>In my case, these step were enough, but it may vary from system to system.
>I hope this will help people trying to build vbox for the first
>    time,
>and incentivize the administrators to update the online
>    instructions.

apt-get source virtualbox might help, also I maintain in my ppa the latest version


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