Well update to and on to Guest Additions went wrong

Asked by Lynne Stevens on 2019-10-06

Just got another UPDATE and the Programmers got it wrong again ! ! Guest Additions link to 5.0.027 failed, update to went wrong, and up date to went wrong all 3 try's failed ! ! . . I watch the stuff being installed in the Details Window , , And Video is off again get a tiny 19.04 Ubuntu in upper left hand corner of screen again . .

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Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #1

I cannot understand the numbers that you are quoting.
Should these numbers tell the version numbers of VirtualBox (and its guest additions), or version numbers for the kernel packages? The format does not fit to either of them.

For diagnostic purposes please provide the output of the following commands:

uname -a
lsb_release -crid
dpkg -l | grep virtu
VBoxManage --version

Try some actual details rather than worthless emotional stuff...

Error message text and how they are made to appear and so on is useful rather than stamping your feet and being grumpy

Lynne Stevens (jackie40d) said : #3

I did not express Emotions at all just stated the problem as i was seen on the Install Screen . . Does not remain avaliable to be Copied over to here . . But here is the answer from the items to be put in the Command window
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ uname -a
Linux lynne-Notebook-PC 5.0.0-31-generic #33-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 30 18:51:59 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ lsb_release -crid
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 19.04
Release: 19.04
Codename: disco
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ dpkg -l | grep virtu
ii darktable 2.6.0-1 amd64 virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers
ii gvfs:amd64 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - GIO module
ii gvfs-backends 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - backends
ii gvfs-bin 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - deprecated command-line tools
ii gvfs-common 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 all userspace virtual filesystem - common data files
ii gvfs-daemons 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - servers
ii gvfs-fuse 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - fuse server
ii gvfs-libs:amd64 1.40.1-1ubuntu0.1 amd64 userspace virtual filesystem - private libraries
ii openvpn 2.4.6-1ubuntu3.1 amd64 virtual private network daemon
ii unity-scope-virtualbox 0.1+13.10.20130723-0ubuntu1 all VirtualBox scope for Unity
ii virtualbox-6.0 6.0.10-132072~Ubuntu~bionic amd64 Oracle VM VirtualBox
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ VBoxManage --version

Then why all the exclamation marks?

What is the output of:

groups; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep linux-image


Is the Ubuntu install running as a guest OS or the host?
What OS is the guest?
What OS is the host?


Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #6

What is the output of the commands

apt-cache policy virtualbox-6.0
grep virtual /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list

Are you aware that version 6.0.12 of virtualbox is already available?

You are writing about problems with the guest additions. Did you download and install the file with the exactly same version as the version of your virtualbox software (6.0.10-132072)?

Lynne Stevens (jackie40d) said : #7

To Andrew Ubuntu is host and is main O/S !

To Manferd
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ apt-cache policy virtualbox-6.0
  Installed: 6.0.10-132072~Ubuntu~bionic
  Candidate: 6.0.10-132072~Ubuntu~bionic
  Version table:
 *** 6.0.10-132072~Ubuntu~bionic 100
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ grep virtual /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list
grep: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list: No such file or directory

I don't let windows on line very much so Virtual Box gets a update just now and then . . Used for running Windows / Sketchup to make parts for the 3D printer . . So I guess I have to get up there to down load the New Guest Addition ISO file and burn to small CD

Lynne Stevens (jackie40d) said : #8

Missed one person !

lynne@lynne-Notebook-PC:~$ groups; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep linux-image
lynne adm dialout cdrom sudo dip plugdev lpadmin sambashare vboxusers
Linux lynne-Notebook-PC 5.0.0-31-generic #33-Ubuntu SMP Mon Sep 30 18:51:59 UTC 2019 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
rc linux-image-5.0.0-13-generic 5.0.0-13.14 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
rc linux-image-5.0.0-20-generic 5.0.0-20.21 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
rc linux-image-5.0.0-21-generic 5.0.0-21.22 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
rc linux-image-5.0.0-23-generic 5.0.0-23.24 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
rc linux-image-5.0.0-25-generic 5.0.0-25.26 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
ii linux-image-5.0.0-27-generic 5.0.0-27.28 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
ii linux-image-5.0.0-29-generic 5.0.0-29.31 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
ii linux-image-5.0.0-31-generic 5.0.0-31.33 amd64 Signed kernel image generic
ii linux-image-generic amd64 Generic Linux kernel image

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #9

What is the output of the command

VBoxManage list extpacks

I already wrote it in another question:
You seem to misunderstand how to work with the guest additions.
If you have virtualbox installed from a deb file from the virtualbox web pages (in your case 6.0.10-132072~Ubuntu~bionic), then you have to download the guest additions Extension pack in the same version.
In your case https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/6.0.10/Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.10-132072.vbox-extpack
When you have downloaded that file to your system, just do a doubleclick to open this file with the virtualbox program, or issue the command
VBoxManage extpack install --replace Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.0.10-132072.vbox-extpack
Then start the Windows guest system, and use the menu entry of the virtualbox user interface window "Devices - Insert Guest additions CD inage". There is no need to burn a real CD.

Lynne Stevens (jackie40d) said : #10

I do that but only OFF LINE as I do not trust windows to do anything right . . So It only gets what I have downloaded and burned to a CD That Extension pack is what I also down load has a link to the file on Virtual Box site. .

Or copy the file to USB. Nice and quick

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #12

Once again with the aim to clear some confusion:

There is the VirtualBox main program, there is the Extension Pack, and there are the Guest Additions.

The Extension Pack is a separate download (with a specific license). It provides additional features for using USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices, disk encryption, etc.

The Guest Additions are delivered together with the main program package, and are also available as separate package (but a download of that package is not needed, because everything is already provided in the main software package).

If you want to have the Guest Additions installed on your guest system (for better mouse pointer integration, sharing clipboard for copy/paste between host and guest, etc.), then the only thing necessary is activating it in the guest system.

If you have Windows as guest, then please follow https://www.maketecheasier.com/install-guest-additions-in-virtualbox/ (below the heading "Install Guest Additions on Windows Guests"). This can be done offline and there is absolutely no need to burn a CD with the Guest Additions .iso file, or to copy it to an USB stick.

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