[PC-BSD Testing] Virtual Box on PC-BSD 8.0-BETA 64Bit

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.com
Tue Jan 12 07:35:34 PST 2010

On 01/12/2010 10:34, Mike Bybee wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:25 AM, Kris Moore<kris at pcbsd.com>  wrote:
>> On 01/12/2010 03:10, Johann Hugo wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 12 January 2010, Alexander Yerenkow wrote:
>>>> 12.01.2010 9:50, Johann Hugo пишет:
>>>>> Hi
>>>>> I see that Virtual Box can only run as root on my PC. One of the
>> problems
>>>>> is that /root runs out of disk space when Virtual Box creates the
>> virtual
>>>>> disks there. Another problem is that I cannot do X forwarding over an
>> ssh
>>>>> connection.
>>>>> I've added my normal user to vboxusers in the /etc/group file, but I
>>>>> still cannot run it as a normal user.
>>>>> Does anyone know how I can get Virtual Box to run under a normal user
>> and
>>>>> not as root ?
>>>> you better move /root/.visrtbox to somewhere where's a lot of space, and
>>>> make a link :)
>>> I'll do that. Is there a reason why PCBSD runs Virtual Box as root and
>> not as
>>> a normal user ?
>> The answer is that even when running VirtualBox as your regular user,
>> it's still using root permissions, since the binary would be set mod
>> 4511. I'll experiment with doing that again here, but when virtualbox
>> first hit ports, it had issues with running in that mode in a
>> non-standard directory, I.E. /usr/local
>> --
>> Kris Moore
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> It has similar behavior on all platforms - I think the easiest workaround is
> to either browse for the path you want to create the disks in, or just link
> it.

Heads up, just did some testing of the new VB port here, looks like I 
can modify our PBI to run now as a "regular" user, which lets it create 
the .VirtualBox folder in your homedir :)

I'll be adding this to the PBI shortly.


Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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