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Old 07-05-2015, 08:08 PM   #1
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Issues trying to install Virtual Box Guest Additions on RHEL v6.5 in Virtual Box

I've seen a previous thread to make sure that you have installed both kernel-devel and kernel-headers that match the kernel, which I've done.

I still continue to get errors and I feel the directions to have this installed is a hodge-podge of stuff I've pulled from various website and blogs.

From this blog, I've done the following:

Installed the following rpm:

rpm -Uvh

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/`uname -r`

export KERN_DIR

During the install, it outputs the following:

Building the main Guest Additions Module [FAILED]
(Look at /var/log/vboxadd-install.log to find out what went wrong)
I look at vbox.add-install.log and there is too much to freeform here, however it is pointing back to KERN_DIR= and run Make again.
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It's better to install guest additions from your current virtual box by going to the menu Devices > Insert guest additions. Then mount the virtual CD and run...

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Installed the following rpm:

h t t p : / /
that is the EPEL software repo

mind you EPEL is at 6.7
and you are using RHEL6.5
( cat /etc/redhat-release )

and there might be yum errors and some unsolvable mismatches

the "kernel-headers" will be in the RHN repos
and NOT in the cent repos

Cent uses a different numbering system

the "if-not-true-then-false" page has some BAD instructions
this below will miss a lot of things
yum install gcc kernel-devel kernel-headers dkms make bzip2 perl
DO NOT !!! only install gcc with "yum install gcc"

su -
yum groupinstall "Development Tools" "Development Librarys"
yum install dkms  bzip2 perl

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Old 07-12-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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I don't have a complete understanding of what Kernel Headers will do for this process. If I look at the install log under /var/log, it seems to be throwing alot of errors about this.

If I do the following command;

echo $KERN_DIR
It returns nothing, however I do have the rpm kerenl headers installed. So I've done the following:

KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/$(uname -r) ; echo $KERN_DIR; ls -ld $KERN_DIR
This then shows the current kernel, and then I run the install again from the install disk and same errors as before.

I'm very certain the rpm package for gcc is installed, however I would have to check for dkms, make, bzip2 and perl.
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I only had to install

yum install gcc
Make and patch wasn't necessary. Mounted the disk and ran the install and rebooted and it worked.

[JockVSJock@ApacheFTP ~]# lsmod | grep -i vbox
vboxsf                 37535  0 
vboxguest             284665  6 vboxsf
vboxvideo               2148  1 
drm                   280012  2 vboxvideo
So going forward, if a new kernel is installed or a new version of VirtualBox or Guest Additions, does the whole software have to be removed and reinstalled?



guest additions, rhel, rhel 6, virtual box

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