I am writing to ask what the effect of the auto-mounting process is in VirtualBox, and where the folders can be accessed within a guest Linux system if auto-mount is used.
I have VirtualBox 4.0.4 installed on Mac OS 10.6.7, with Guest Additions apparently running correctly. The guest OS is Ubuntu 10.04, and I observe no apparent problems with it. I find that if the shared folders have "auto-mount" unchecked in the VirtualBox settings, they can then be mounted using the prescribed syntax
sudo mount -t vboxsf folder_name path_to_mount_point
and all works as it is supposed to.
But if the auto-mount option is checked, then I find that I can no longer mount the shared folders manually. I get the error
mounting failed with the error: Invalid argument
and the folders also do not appear to mount anywhere else accessible to me. Using the syntax
sudo mount -t vboxsf
without specifying a path installs them in /media, with their names prefixed with
sf_, but they are not easily accessible there and I have not been able to change their owner using
Thanks for your patient explanation.