Ticket #8985 (new defect)

Opened 4 years ago

Last modified 20 months ago

Use 'addgroup' instead of 'groupadd' in installer

Reported by: maronz Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: installer
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.8 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux


When testing one of the generic Linux builds (e.g. '') on a minimal distribution that lacks the 'groupadd' command the 'vboxusers' group will not be created.

Example: TinyCoreLinux, which is based on BusyBox (download:, currently at version 3.6)

The issue could be easily avoided if on those systems in '' a command like "addgroup -S $GROUPNAME" instead of "groupadd $GROUPNAME" would be executed.

After checking a few of the "big" (or should one rather say "bloated") distributions (e.g. Natty Narwhal or FC-14) I've realized that not all are having 'addgroup' in their base, so first a check of the availability of the respective command would be required.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 20 months ago by MSumulong

Yes, I had the same issue installing the GA into Tiny Core. I was able to work around it by issuing the following commands before installing the GA:

sudo addgroup -g 1 -S vboxsf
sudo adduser -h /var/run/vboxadd -G vboxsf -S -s /bin/false vboxadd
sudo addgroup tc vboxsf

This seemed to add the users/groups correctly.

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