Ubuntu 10.10 Guest in VirtualBox Shared Folders Issues.

Posted: November 29th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Ubuntu, Virtual Box | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I have recently installed Ubuntu 10.10 as a VM to check out the Android SDK. After the basic install, I find the Shared Folder feature doesn’t work, even though I have installed the Guest Additions. I keep get the following error: /sbin/mount.vboxsf: mounting failed with the error: No such Device

I checked and under /sys/modules/ there is no vboxsf module, so obviously something in the VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run script is not working.

After digging around I was told the simple way is to install the Guest Additions OSE version from apt-get. However since I am using the Closed Source edition (differences between versions can be found here). I thought there must be a better solution.

What happened is VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run doesn’t do a sanity check for the existence of 3 components that Ubuntu needs to compile the modules, namely dkms, build-essential and linux-headers-generic. It requires a different set of packages for other Linux distributions. To solve the problem, run sudo apt-get install dkms build-essential linux-headers-generic. Then run VBoxLinuxAdditions-amd64.run, the modules will be compiled. Do a reboot to make sure the modules are loaded.

Once reboot, when you do lsmod | grep vbox. You should have something like this:

vboxvideo               1956  2
drm                   206161  3 vboxvideo
vboxsf                 34612  0
vboxguest             176030  9 vboxsf

To mount the folder (example):

  1. Create the Shared Folder on the Guest Window toolbar. For me I created a Folder Name with the name vb.
  2. In Ubuntu create the directory /mnt/vb
  3. Then run sudo mount -t vboxsf vb /mnt/tmp

Remember the files will not have the user’s ownership, so it is a good idea to cp the files into another folder, then do a chown user * to correct the ownership. The files will belong to root and root ownership group.
For more information : This post on VirtualBox forum

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