Installing guest additions for VirtualBox with Ubuntu 8.10


I installed VirtualBox (the OSS version) from the Ubuntu repos (in hindsight it may have been better to use the VB repos, but I’m just lazy), and when I tried to install the guest additions in a WinXP VM, it complained that it can’t find the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso. The solution:

Download the corresponding iso from here (make sure that you check which version of VB you have – for example I got 2.0.4 from the Ubuntu repos, even though the latest is 2.0.6).

Move it to one of the directories listed in the error message, for example:

sudo mv VBoxGuestAdditions_2.0.4.iso /usr/share/virtualbox/VBoxGuestAdditions.iso

No restart of the VM is required, the next time you click “Install Guest additions”, it will work.

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