Ticket #10404 (closed defect: wontfix)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 3 months ago

udev rules want to access not mounted /usr -> can be solved with manual fix

Reported by: DanielDuesentrieb Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: installer
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.10 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux



I am using the Virtualbox Debian package for wheezy.

During boot I get the message from udev that the script

  • /usr/share/virtualbox/

can not be found. At this moment the /usr partition is not mounted. I have contacted the Debian udev maintainer:


He suggests a solution similar to the bluez package described here:

It is planned to modify the appropriate Virtualbox postinstall script accordingly?

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by DanielDuesentrieb

A short amendment:

Another solution would be to move

  • /usr/share/Virtualbox/


  • /lib/udev/

and modify the path in

  • /etc/udev/rules.d/10-virtualbox.rules

accordingly. To use a seperate /usr partition is recommended in a Debian Install Documentation, I think it would be reasonable to adapt the Debian post install script in the next release.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by bjarne

This bug is really a nuisance in in Wheezy since most installations have a seperate /usr partition. Can we please fix it the way it's implemented in the official debian repo, where is located in /lib/udev.

Best Regards / Bjarne

comment:3 Changed 11 months ago by michael

Any idea how udev would react if the file /etc/udev/rules.d/10-virtualbox.rules were a symbolic link into /usr/share/VirtualBox, and thus available or not available when /usr/share/VirtualBox/ is?

comment:4 Changed 3 months ago by michael

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
  • Summary changed from udev rules want to access not mounted /usr to udev rules want to access not mounted /usr -> can be solved with manual fix

I'm afraid this will probably not get changed. It seems that these days having a separate /usr partition is not supported by the large distributions<1> (I tried the test on my Ubuntu system too, and I assume that applies to Debian too these days), and by that logic a user wishing to have it anyway will need to be ready to do manual work. As you point out, this issue can already be solved with a little manual work, but I suspect it is no longer an issue for you either.


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