I'm trying to get virtualbox set up in my Ubuntu 9.10 install so that i can use the windows images eg from this page:


I have VirtualBox OSE installed already. The link i listed above has a shell script that is downloaded and run with curl, and this shell script falls over at this step:

$ VBoxManage list extpacks
WARNING: The character device /dev/vboxdrv does not exist.
     Please install the virtualbox-ose-dkms package and the appropriate
     headers, most likely linux-headers-generic.

     You will not be able to start VMs until this problem is fixed.
Sun VirtualBox Command Line Management Interface Version 3.1.6_OSE
(C) 2005-2010 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
All rights reserved.


VBoxManage list [--long|-l] vms|runningvms|ostypes|hostdvds|hostfloppies|

Syntax error: Unknown subcommand "extpacks".

I tried sudo apt-get install virtualbox-ose-dkms and got virtualbox-ose-dkms is already the newest version. I've got no idea what "the appropriate headers, most likely linux-headers-generic" might refer to.

Any ideas anyone? thanks, max PS Sorry if you think this belongs in an ubuntu forum...

  • Does lsmod | grep vbox show anything? – Paul Nov 9 '11 at 12:32
  • Forget the prepackaged OSE and install Virtualbox downloaded from the virtualbox.org site. The package repository contains old Guest Additions, somewhat 3.2 which will conflict with your Virtualbox 4.1. – karatedog Nov 9 '11 at 13:16

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