[vbox-dev] possibly misleading reference to "VBox.sh" in scripts

Michael Thayer michael.thayer at oracle.com
Tue Feb 26 10:47:02 UTC 2019

Hello Robert,

VBox.sh is not part of Linux installations, but you will find it in the
sources.  You are right that we do not put files in /usr/lib/VirtualBox
in any of our current packages, but that is just an example for
illustration, so it is not a problem.


16.01.19 11:42, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> On Wed, 16 Jan 2019, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
>>   first time going through VBox [6.0.2] in real detail so currently
>> proofreading and making notes. after installing on my fedora 29
>> system, i noticed that there were a small number of references to
>> "VBox.sh" in some of the installed scripts under /usr/lib/virtualbox:
>> $ grep -rw VBox.sh *
>> postinst-common.sh:# The below is GNU-specific.  See VBox.sh for the longer Solaris/OS X version.
>> prerm-common.sh:# The below is GNU-specific.  See VBox.sh for the longer Solaris/OS X version.
>> vboxdrv.sh:# The below is GNU-specific.  See VBox.sh for the longer Solaris/OS X version.
>> $
>>   however, i saw no such script VBox.sh installed anywhere on my
>> system, so i svn checked out the source and found the spec file, where
>> that script is renamed to simply "VBox":
>>   VirtualBox.spec:mv VBox.sh $RPM_BUILD_ROOT/usr/bin/VBox
>> everything works fine, of course, but the comment references in those
>> earlier three scripts to "VBox.sh" have the potential to throw the
>> reader who goes looking for VBox.sh and, obviously, won't find it.
>>   thoughts?
>   sorry, should have mentioned one more inconsistency in the scripts;
> a couple references to "/usr/lib/VirtualBox":
> $ grep -r "/usr/lib/VirtualBox" *
> .../postinst-common.sh:# (e.g. /opt/VirtualBox, /usr/lib/VirtualBox, the build output directory).
> .../prerm-common.sh:# (e.g. /opt/VirtualBox, /usr/lib/VirtualBox, the build output directory).
>   while the first dir name (/opt/VirtualBox) appears to be correct,
> the second should be /usr/lib/virtualbox, not /usr/lib/VirtualBox.
>   for expediency, should i just submit patches to this list, just the
> way i do for things like the linux kernel? i read the "contributing"
> guidelines, and it seems like that would work.
> rday

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