Ticket #8992 (closed defect: worksforme)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Guest-additions installation on GNU/Linux is PAINFUL

Reported by: vuurmur Owned by:
Priority: major Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.8 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Linux
Host type: other

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)

Installation script doesn't care about anything.

  • --nox11 doesn't seem to work
  • Always complains about kernel source, despite its correctly installed and other modules build without any problem
  • VERY dirty installation, leaves previous attempts' leftovers all around the system; it not even checks for successful compilation.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by frank

  • Description modified (diff)

Your description lacks some information. If the installation fails, there is an error message displayed (which one is it in your case?) and the error message usually points to a log file (please attach).

If the compilation of the kernel modules fails, the installer will not remove anything because the user is free to install the missing components and can then recompile the kernel modules without the need to reinstall all files. Uninstalling the Guest Additions is clearly documented in the user manual (for your info, section After you've done so, the Guest Additions should be completely vanished from your guest.

The --nox11 option does exactly what it is supposed to do: It would spawn an xterm (or rxvt, dtterm, eterm, Eterm, kvt, konsole, aterm in that order) if you would not start the installer from a terminal. This is a generic option of the makeself installer framework. Probably rarely used but nevertheless works.

comment:2 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Description modified (diff)
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