Ticket #1444 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 10 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

Can't modify files on shared folders with Ubuntu guest on Vista host

Reported by: Aylwin Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: shared folders
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.6 Keywords: ubuntu shared folder
Cc: Guest type: Linux
Host type: Windows


Host: Vista Ultimate 32-bit Guest: Ubuntu 8.04

I'm able to create new folders and new empty files, and also delete folders and files within Shared Folders. Copying files to and from the shared folders is also not a problem.

However, I'm not able to modify or overwrite any files on the Shared Folders from within the guest. The workaround is to copy the file first to the guest system, modify and save the file on the guest, delete the old file on the Shared Folder, and then copy back the modified file to the Shared Folder.

I've tested with RHEL4U5 and Fedora 8 guests on both Vista and XP hosts. Both guest OS's are fine. So I've only noticed this problem with Ubuntu 8.04.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Host type changed from other to Windows
  • Component changed from other to shared folders
  • Guest type changed from other to Linux

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by frank

Is this ticket still relevant?

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by vitobotta

Are you sharing your Documents / Desktop / Pictures / Music / Videos folders? If yes, read on, otherwise - good luck :D

If yes you won't be able to write to them as with normal shares because of the way Windows handles these folders.

Try with juctions, which are similar to symlinks (more or less).

You can download an utility ( that lets you create junctions of the folders you want to share with Virtualbox in a separate location, and that you will share those juctions instead with Virtualbox rather than the original folders.

This way you should be able to write to those folders normally.

comment:4 Changed 7 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

No feedback from the original reporter, closing.

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