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How do I start Virtualbox from the command line and start a Ruby script on the guest and after the script is done close the guest? What could be easiest way to do this?

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You can start the VM with VBoxManage:

"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" startvm <NameOfVMHere>

After the VM has booted you can run a program if you have guest editions installed:

"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" guestcontrol exec --image <path to program> --username <name>  [--password <password>]  [--wait-exit] [--wait-stdout] [--wait-stderr]

Finally, when the program has finished executing you can close the VM with the command:

"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" controlvm <vm> savestate

Alternatively, you can shutdown the machine with a command at the end of the Ruby Script

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But how to start ruby script you say: --image path to program, but I want to start ruby.rb like I do in command line ruby ruby.rb – Dakadaka Feb 18 '13 at 16:20
    
I mean as guest to start in the guest ruby or php – Dakadaka Feb 18 '13 at 16:29
    
Make a script with the command you normally run and then call the script. – David Feb 19 '13 at 16:35
    
It gives an error that 'ruby' is not recognized as an internal or external function, even though the ruby executable is in path. – titusfortner Dec 8 '15 at 21:41

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