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Old 10-02-2008, 07:21 AM   #1
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Fedora 9 : virtualbox

[root@jonas tmp]# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
Stopping VirtualBox kernel module [ OK ]
Recompiling VirtualBox kernel module [FAILED]
(Look at /var/log/vbox-install.log to find out what went wrong)

/var/log/vbox-install.log says :

Makefile:142: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel. Specify KERN_DIR=<directory> and run Make again. Stop.

Can someone help me please ? I don't know just what to do...

I think that the kernel-headers are missing but that's a wide guess...
Old 10-02-2008, 09:57 AM   #2
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Yep, that look like the problem. Install the kernel headers and try again. If it's already there then, consider providing the path with 'KERN_DIR=" as the error log suggests.
Old 10-19-2008, 07:03 AM   #3
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I had the same problem with #/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
"$yum install kernel-devel" told me the headers were already installed. All I had to do was add the specific core. ( If you don't know your release use "#uname -r")
For example:
$yum install kernel-devel-
Old 11-18-2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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Hi guys,
I have the same problem on Fedora Core 9 (64bit). I tried your suggestion chakra and yum told me "No package available."
Any suggestions?
Thanks in advance,


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