[arch-general] Upcoming changes to virtualbox

Sébastien Luttringer seblu at seblu.net
Sun Jul 22 21:04:25 EDT 2012

On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 2:17 AM, Karol Babioch <karol at babioch.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 23.07.2012 02:01, schrieb Sébastien Luttringer:
>> You will be able to build your virtualbox modules by running
>>     $ dkms install vboxhost/4.1.18
>>   or you can let dkms rc script compile/install/load your modules with
>>     $ rc.d start dkms

To be clear

You can still use virtualbox-modules to have your module pre-compiled
for the arch kernel.
If you have a custom kernel or want compile yourself your modules your
can use virtualbox-sources (as before).

> Is this supposed once every time your kernel changes or can this be run
> every time during boot?

I'm not sure to understand your question.

You can consider vboxbuild == dkms install vboxhost/4.1.18. (you can
use dkms autoinstall for short). So it's supposed to be run like

Adding dkms into your DAEMONS will ensure that needed modules will be
builded (for the running kernel) and loaded at startup.

If you reboot after vbox upgrade, your new modules will be compiled
for your kernel and loaded.
After a kernel upgrade you can wait until your reboot to have module
builded and loaded.

But if you want  upgrade without reboot, you should:
kill virtualbox
dkms autoinstall (old vboxbuild)
rmmod vbox*
modprode vbox*
rerun virtualbox

> Are there systemd unit files for this?
Not yet. Patch welcomed.

Sébastien "Seblu" Luttringer

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