Which current distro gives virtualbox access to usb?
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Let's see. Someone who has never used VirtualBox before sees it's available from his distro repo - VirtualBox OSE. It installs ok and he runs it and goes into the settings for his vm. There is no setting for usb therefore VBox does _not need_ access to usb. No messages, no problem, no matter the distro version.
He might then post a q somewhere asking _about VirtualBox_.
At the risk of repeating myself :-)
VBox up and running, engage the settings to have usb and devices available because it's there and expected, but no. A message box says no usb. Well it works ok on an older distro so why not on this current one?
Cue question in forum:
Which current up-to-date distro with kernel 2.6.2x or 2.6.3x (as supplied or from repo update) will allow VirtualBox access to usb
The OSE version does not do usb. Download and install the PUEL version.
Grab the version from the website. That is the only one with USB support, as well as other features like VRDP and RAW Disk Access.
In the proprietary edition (not in the open-source edition), a USB controller is emulated (both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0) so that any USB devices attached to the host can be seen in the guest. If VirtualBox acts as an RDP server, it can also use USB devices on the remote RDP client as if they were connected to the host.
hmmm, a sincere appreciation of your willingness to help.
But why are you going on about VBox versions when I've made the point it's to do with the distro?
The thread Title structure is deliberate, placing the nouns differently would have another meaning.
If the VBox version that _uses_ usb, provides filters, and _expects_ cooperation from the distro subsystem does not get it and shows up an error box with, roughly, "no usb proxy, verr file not found" then it's down to the distro.
We all _know_, or it should be a big clue as I hinted in my last post when people get OSE from their repo and see that there is no usb entry in the vm settings, which version uses usb.
Unless people here are using an older distro/kernel with their _non-ose_ VBox, which I know from experience works admirably, then I'd really like to know.
Please indicate 1) which distro you are currently using; 2) which version of VirtualBox you have installed; 3) the exact text of the error message (copy & paste), if you would like further assistance troubleshooting this problem.
I am happy to help with your specific issue, but I have no interest in typing up a list of "all distros known to support VirtualBox" (the answer is in the dozens if not hundreds; Craigevil has already listed 18 for you).
hey, I'd like to say I'd spent last couple checking this out but other things intercepted!
VBox vers 1.6x 2.x are ok under Ubuntu 9.04, Suse 10.3 ,Fed12, anything more recent of these distros -no usb- even if the devices are usable by user.
I've seen a few threads in places about the content of fstab - whether needing usbfs /proc/usb - and uudev vboxdrv.rules having all the right parts. Re-jigging these and running so many reboots, trying terminals with udevadm restarts, mounts umounts just gets nowhere.
I understand you not wanting to make a list, in the same way I don't want to spend time downloading iso files, burning, installing, for every major distro.
I'm relatively happy poking about if required on other matters with my present distros on various pcs and keeping seperate apps up-to-date but if I can't have a fully current distro I can use online as well as have VBox running because some people forgot the -if it ain't broke... - tenet, then it's a sorry state of affairs for the Linux community.
I see there's a recent post someone using VBox for yonks with all his usb stuff and now he's screwed too.
How hard is it to download and use the PUEL version.
Still pushing that line?
Perhaps your browser/line managed to omit sentence 2 of my last post.
Maybe I should repeat it adding a little:
VBox vers 1.6x, 2.x are ok under Ubuntu 9.04, Suse 10.3 ,Fed12, with the usb devices showing up as available to the filters in these VBox (puel) versions being usable in the guest, and no jumping hoops needed.
Anything more recent of these _distros_ trying the previously working VBox versions as indicated - no usb.
Think I'll sign off this thread. No hard feelings.
Quite honestly, before your post I came across a permissions thing which may/may not come under the umbrella of points you raised. I tend to take stuff away on a laptop and have no internet access for a period so now I'm back home.
I found this by running the other virt app - Qemu. This like the other VBox versions ran with no probs on the older distro/kernels. I happened to try on one of my bete-noirs and its little dialog box came up with -no usb access permission denied' when I tried to add in a usb device.
Although I've done the permutations of the various entries in fstab, vboxdrv.rules, group files the Qemu msg made me look at the /proc/bus/usb/001 etc etc entries themselves. By manually assigning rwx to group/others the actual device-file under those numbers got me back to usability.
Absolutely bizarre! All my previous distro/VBox setups had no special requirements and their device-file entries showed standard rwx for owner.
I think I've been right about the cause being down to some quirk of those current distro/kernels.
If I am not mistaken, not only the kernel maters, but the VBx version. I had a hard time, but I could configure USB pen-drive access... the only problem i s that it stoles it from the main system :-P and gave me an error for not unmounting it properly. I am running VirtualBox 3.2.6 for Linux hosts with an XP guest now.