How to start VirtualBox automatically? No "boot.local&q

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How to start VirtualBox automatically? No "boot.local&q

Postby ShellyCat » 17. Feb 2008, 08:15

I read in another post that this is the way to get VirtualBox to start at boot...
adding /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup to /etc/init.d/boot.local starts vboxdrv during boot
...however, I don't have any "boot.local" anywhere (I've tried find and slocate to no avail). I don't see a solution in the manual.

Is "boot.local" supposed to be a plain-text file?
If so, should I create it (and where)?
Or should I put the command in another file?

I am using Slackware 12 with the kernel 2.6.21.5-smp and I have these:

* "/etc/init.d" -- only has a link to the new location, "/etc/rc.d/init.d
* "/etc/rc.d/init.d" -- only has the README file and the 3 VBox scripts (functions, vboxdrv, vboxnet)
* "/etc/rc.d" -- only has files that start with "rc."
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Postby me » 17. Feb 2008, 15:22

You only need to auto load the vboxdrv module and issue "/usr/bin/VBoxManage startvm VM -type vrdp" from an init script.

So just do whatever is need for this on Slackware. That is basic system administration and should be covered in Slackware's documentation.

As a Gentoo user I just did:

echo 'vboxdrv' >> /etc/modules.autoload.d/kernel-2.6

and wrote a dead simple init script like:

depend() {
need net
}

start() {
ebegin "Starting Virtual Machines"
su vbox -c "/usr/bin/VBoxManage startvm WinXP -type vrdp"
eend $? "Failed to start Virtual Machines"
}

stop() {
ebegin "Stopping Virtual Machines"
su vbox -c "/usr/bin/VBoxManage controlvm WinXP acpipowerbutton && sleep 10"
eend $? "Failed to stop Virtual Machines"
}

Just translate that to however Slackware does its stuff :)
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Postby ShellyCat » 17. Feb 2008, 23:30

Well, Slackware likes to have init scripts in all different files...but I will research this and see what I come up with.

BTW, thanks for your example script...seems to do even a little more than I was looking for. Once I know I can auto-start VirtualBox I will try something more like you did.
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