Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

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Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby S.K » 11. Nov 2017, 21:58

Hello all,

I have just downloaded and installed the latest version of Virtual Box onto my Windows 7 x64 system.

I then created a Debian 9 VM and had it load its Live CD.

For some reason it keeps failing to install at the software packages stage, but does not say why it fails.

Id anyone else seeing this or have an idea as why the instal is failing?

Thanks in advance,

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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby mpack » 12. Nov 2017, 10:43

Please provide a VM log file. With the VM fully shut down, right click it in the GUI. Select "Show Log" and save "VBox.log" (ONLY) to a zip file. Attach the zip here.
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby S.K » 12. Nov 2017, 11:00

Here you go mpack.
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VBox.zip
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby mpack » 12. Nov 2017, 12:28

The VM you created only allocates 1GB RAM. Is that enough for a working 64bit OS plus a RAM disk? In fact the VM seems lightweight in general: only 16MB VRAM, only 8GB HDD.

Why live CD mode btw? Why not install it onto the VDI you've created?
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby S.K » 12. Nov 2017, 13:09

The VM settings are the defaults that VB gives to a new Debian VM. I am installing onto the VM, its just that the instal is failing at the software package stage which is before the grug stage.
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby mpack » 12. Nov 2017, 17:04

In terms of RAM and disk space, the defaults are conservative because the devs have no idea about what kind of host PC you'll have.

mpack wrote:Why live CD mode btw? Why not install it onto the VDI you've created?


ISTM likely that you're simply running out of space partly due to running in live CD mode: packages can't be installed on a CD because a data CD is read-only. It's possible that the software tries to install packages in RAMdisk, but obviously this is also pointless (they'll be lost again when you reset the VM), plus with only 1GB RAM total it's likely to run out of space.

So I ask again, why a live CD install? Why not install onto that virtual hdd drive you created? Its 8GB size ought to be enough, though something like 32GB would be more typical.
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby S.K » 12. Nov 2017, 17:24

I get this issue when I select either install (cli) or gui install. I have not chosen one of the live cd options even though it seems that the log file indicates that that may be the case.
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Re: Debian 9 fails to install as a VM on VirtualBox 5.2.0 r118431 (Qt5.6.2)

Postby S.K » 12. Nov 2017, 22:20

As Kali installed successfully I downloaded the Deban 9 DVD and tried that which was successful.

So it appears that installing from the 'debian-9.2.1-amd64-xfce-CD-1.iso' fails on VB 5.2 but it succeeds from the 'debian-9.2.1-amd64-DVD-1.iso' file.

Very strange as the training program I am following uses the CD ISO to install Debian...
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