Shared folders requires restart?

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Shared folders requires restart?

Postby SMXSteve » 9. Jun 2016, 23:17

Is there a way to create and use a shared folder without restarting the guest VM?
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Re: Shared folders requires restart?

Postby mpack » 9. Jun 2016, 23:24

That depends on the guest OS. Which one requires a restart? I don't recall that, e.g., any Windows guest does.
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Re: Shared folders requires restart?

Postby Perryg » 9. Jun 2016, 23:31

I believe that is the auto-mount one that requires a restart of the guest to actually work. Oh and the user name being in the vboxsf group on Linux.
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Re: Shared folders requires restart?

Postby poleguy » 18. Mar 2019, 17:32

I couldn't find a decent answer to this on the web. This post shows up as the second hit on google for "virtualbox mount shared folder without reboot".

So I thought I'd add this little impossible to find nugget:

systemctl restart vboxadd-service.service


And magically the newly added virtualbox shared folders appear without a reboot. (Test on Centos 7)
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Re: Shared folders requires restart?

Postby socratis » 18. Mar 2019, 20:12

Thanks @poleguy, good to know!
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