VirtualBox

Opened 14 years ago

Closed 13 years ago

#7881 closed defect (worksforme)

ubuntu package upgrade destroys .Virtualbox directory

Reported by: csfreak Owned by:
Component: installer Version: VirtualBox 4.0.0
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: Linux

Description

Doing an aptitude install virtualbox-4.0 virtualbox-3.2- (which should install 4.0 and remove, not purge 3.2) destroys the /home/<user>/.Virtualbox directory, which is where 3.2 stores vms without migrating the data to the newly created directory. This is almost certainly a packaging bug that has the potential to destroy all of the virtualbox data including config files, disk images, mounted isos, etc.

Change History (4)

comment:1 by Klaus Espenlaub, 14 years ago

Very odd - VirtualBox install/uninstall doesn't touch .VirtualBox or any other VM directory. I can't even guess what might cause such a misbehavior. The installation of the new VirtualBox package should fail if there is any running VM or VBoxSVC from the previous install. So there can't be two VBoxSVC processes accessing the same config files, destroying them accidentally with concurrent accesses.

in reply to:  1 comment:2 by csfreak, 14 years ago

Replying to klaus:

Very odd - VirtualBox install/uninstall doesn't touch .VirtualBox or any other VM directory. I can't even guess what might cause such a misbehavior. The installation of the new VirtualBox package should fail if there is any running VM or VBoxSVC from the previous install. So there can't be two VBoxSVC processes accessing the same config files, destroying them accidentally with concurrent accesses.

In this case, There wasnt a running VM. And the only VM was one I dont run regularly, which Is why I upgraded so quickly. I will take a look at the .deb and see If I can figure out what happened. I guess user error is always a possibility, however unlikely I think that answer is.

comment:3 by csfreak, 14 years ago

Looking through the packages, there is nothing that even mentions that folder. I guess It is safe to say that this is not a bug in the packaging. I still dont know what blew away that folder, but It at least isnt a bug here. This can be closed.

comment:4 by Frank Mehnert, 13 years ago

Resolution: worksforme
Status: newclosed
Note: See TracTickets for help on using tickets.

© 2023 Oracle
ContactPrivacy policyTerms of Use