Ticket #734 (closed enhancement: wontfix)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 7 years ago

Guest Additions Deb Packages

Reported by: passerby Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 1.5.0 Keywords: guest additions deb package livecd
Cc: Guest type: Linux
Host type: other


Could you please consider providing the guest additions as a deb package made available from your repo?

I'd like this because I want to be able to use the features provided by the guest additions in a livecd environment. The way things are, it's not possible to install the additions in that environment because the installation requires a reboot to take effect.

Or could you address the problem in some other way?

Change History

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by michael

  • Priority changed from major to minor

This is on our list of things to do, but unfortunately its (relative) priority is quite low. The reboot after installing the additions is not required strictly speaking (you can start the vboxadd, vboxvfs and vboxadd-timeserv services and restart X11 to make it load the new drivers), but we ask the user to do that for the sake of simplicity. Particularly after upgrading the additions things can get complicated otherwise.

comment:2 Changed 11 years ago by passerby

Thanks. It looks simple enough for me to script an easy solution.

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Guest type changed from other to Linux

comment:4 Changed 10 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to guest additions

comment:5 Changed 9 years ago by kcarnold

I'd like to second the request for Debian packages. Having to reboot is fine, but having packages would make VM installation and maintenance a lot more straightforward.

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by dserodio

comment:7 Changed 8 years ago by kcarnold

Unfortunately, the virtualbox-guest-additions package is only an ISO image containing the guest additions, meant to be installed on the host so that it can provide that image to guests. What this ticket actually requests is a package that could be installed on guests that could keep guests updated using the same mechanism as normal distribution updates.

(This issue would be mostly resolved if/when paravirtual drivers become standardized and integrated into the kernel. There's some work towards that AFAIK, but it doesn't look too close. And old guest kernels will still need to be supported for years to come, so no packaging effort here will go to waste.)

comment:8 Changed 7 years ago by frank

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

We can't provide these .deb packages, too much effort. The major Linux distributions already provide guest additions.

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