VirtualBox

Ticket #7437 (closed defect: wontfix)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

help text for vboxheadless wrong or misleading

Reported by: wd5gnr Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: VM control
Version: VirtualBox 3.2.8 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Linux
Host type: Linux

Description

When you run VBoxHeadless with no arguments or otherwise make it dump its help it says:

-v -vvrdp, --brdp on|off|config

This is misleading since it should be --vrdp=on|off|config

Note that --startvm doesn't take an = and is correctly noted in the help.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 4 years ago by wd5gnr

Obviously I mistyped the help line but you know what I mean:

-v -vrdp --vrdp on|off|config

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by frank

There is a comma between -v, -vrdp and --vrdp. All of the following forms work:

VBoxHeadless -v off VM_NAME
VBoxHeadless -vrdp off VM_NAME
VBoxHeadless --vrdp off VM_NAME
VBoxHeadless -v=off VM_NAME
VBoxHeadless -vrdp=off VM_NAME
VBoxHeadless --vrdp=off VM_NAME

I agree that the help line

''-v, -vrdp, --vrdp on|off|config''

is not 100% correct but

-v|-vrdp|--vrdp on|off|config''

would look even more confusing.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by wd5gnr

Yesterday I could not get it to work but I think it was because of the --starvm parameter.

In fact: VBoxHeadless -vrdp off BBB does not work

Nor does: VBoxHeadless -startvm -vrdp off BBB

But this does: VBoxHeadless -startvm BBB -vrdp off

Sorry. My mistake.

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by frank

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

Right, in my example the --startvm parameter was missing. I hope that we can agree that the current help text is probably not 100% correct but don't need to be changed.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by wd5gnr

Yes, absolutely. It was my mistake with the startvm parameter that made me think the "=" was required. Sorry about that.

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