DKMS and virtualbox kernel modules in F17

Ed Greshko Ed.Greshko at
Mon Apr 23 06:48:28 UTC 2012

On 04/23/2012 01:26 PM, Ed Greshko wrote:
> As it is only a minor irritant, I've put my low priority stack. 

Maybe it was low on my priority...but it bugged me so I worked on it and "resolved"
the issue at least when it comes to the Guest Addons.

The "problem" was that even if you had dkms installed, when you ran it didn't set things up for updates by dkms.  So, here is what
I did.....

First I had the 3.3.2-1.fc17 kernel installed.....

1.  Install dkms and rename the binary
2.  Installed the Guest Additions by running
3.  Rebooted and checked that all works well.
4.  Looked in /var/lib/dkms/ and found there was no vboxguest directory.
5.  Run /etc/init.d/vboxadd setup
7.  /var/lib/dkms/vboxguest directory now created with a
kernel-3.3.2-1.fc17.i686-i686 symlink
8.  Run "yum update" and the 3.3.2-8 kernel was install.
9.  /var/lib/dkms/vboxguest directory now contains a kernel-3.3.2-8.fc17.i686-i686
10.  Reboot and all the new modules were loaded as expected.

I feel that subsequent kernel updates work now work correctly.

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