Links in Shared Folders for Linux Host and Guest

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Links in Shared Folders for Linux Host and Guest

Postby RealDietmar » 26. Dec 2011, 12:54

Hy everybody,
i am using
Ubuntu Host 10.04 LTS,
Oracle VirtualBox Version 4.1.8 r75467
Guest Debian6 64
I have installed the Guest Addition with this help: ... on-debian/ hopefully it is all OK, i dont know how to check.
Than i configured a "Machine Folder" for the debian6 VM a Shared Folder:
Folder Path: /media/data/VM/shared (exists on the host)
Folder Name: debian6
Disable Read-only
Enable Auto-mount
Enable Make-Permanent
After rebooting i found a directory in the guest called /media/sf_debian6 exacly as mentioned in the documentation. So i went to the host system and want to add a symbolic link to the shared folder:
root@host:/ ln -s /data/pictures/ /media/data/VM/shared
From the guest system it looks like this:
root@debian6:~# ll /media/sf_debian6/
lrwxrwx--- 1 root vboxsf 13 Dec 26 11:43 bilder -> /data/pictures/
If i want to change into that directory it says:
root@debian6:~# cd /media/sf_debian6/pictures
-bash: cd: /media/sf_debian6/pictures: No such file or directory
I tried alread adding the vboxsf group and file permissions to everybody everything but i cant change into that directory. Is it not possible?

Best Regards and Thanks for your Help

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Re: Links in Shared Folders for Linux Host and Guest

Postby stefan.becker » 26. Dec 2011, 13:05

The user starting the desktop must be in this group. in the guest, not on the host. after adding to group the guest must be restarted.
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