Opened 16 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#1890 closed defect (obsolete)

VBoxHeadless does not set the user correctly when run from SysV init script

Reported by: Ken Yap Owned by:
Component: VM control Version: VirtualBox 1.6.2
Keywords: vboxheadless ipc username Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other

Description (last modified by aeichner)

I'm starting a VM from a Ubuntu init script which uses the helper program start-stop-daemon. Although I used the --chuid user option, the resulting instance of VBoxHeadless does not appear to know the username. In particular this affects the VBoxXPCOMIPCD service which created a directory called /tmp/.vbox--ipc (notice the empty string between the hyphens, normally when VBoxHeadless is started from a terminal, the directory is /tmp/.vbox-user-ipc). This means that VBoxManage cannot find the instance of the VM to send IPC to, for example, to send Ctrl-Alt-Del scancodes. Setting LOGNAME to the intended username seems to fix this, as in:

LOGNAME=user start-stop-daemon ...

The correct fix would be for the service to check its uid and map it back to the username.

Change History (1)

comment:1 by aeichner, 8 years ago

Description: modified (diff)
Resolution: obsolete
Status: newclosed

Please reopen if still relevant with a recent VirtualBox release.

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