[Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

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[Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby cluelesscoder » 17. Jul 2017, 06:59



This topic is the continuation and the public discussion for the topic:
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Thanks! I wasted some time trying to follow the official instructions before I noticed this, altho I still haven't run through all the steps. What do you think about fixing the official instructions? Do you have write access to the repo and can you update the wiki?

I'm actually only interested in patching the documentation right now, but figured I'd pull down the code and maybe even try a hand at building the thing while doing so...
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Re: Building VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby socratis » 17. Jul 2017, 09:27

cluelesscoder wrote:What do you think about fixing the official instructions? Do you have write access to the repo and can you update the wiki?

No, I don't have access, but the developers have been notified. Whether they make the changes is not up to me, although if I judge from the amount of queries about building VirtualBox on OSX, I'd say it's not a top priority. :?
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Re: [HowTo] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby socratis » 15. Oct 2017, 23:37

Updated to include the 10.13 (HighSierra) version. It pretty much works like 10.12, with the XIP format still being the only drawback that Apple has decided to break the rules. Again...
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Downloading to Mac

Postby Terobero » 17. May 2018, 18:25

So I've been trying to download it for mac and its not working. First I've tried the directions in the official page, didn't work so i found this [HowTo] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9 (sorry can't paste links).

I've completed all steps but
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/Users/Shared/vbox/out/darwin.amd64/release/dist/loadall.sh
(the one before the last line).

I've tried to start the guide from start and realized I couldn't patch it
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svn patch ~/Patch_VirtualBox.diff /Users/Shared/vbox/

The error I get is this
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C         /Users/Shared/vbox/configure   (working copy)
>         rejected hunk @@ -153,7 +153,7 @@
>         rejected hunk @@ -1515,7 +1515,7 @@
>         rejected hunk @@ -1523,8 +1523,8 @@
>         rejected hunk @@ -1605,9 +1605,9 @@
Summary of conflicts:
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Re: Downloading to Mac

Postby mpack » 17. May 2018, 18:29

The OS X your host or your guest?

Your language makes it seem like you are trying to install VirtualBox on an OS X host.

But to counter that, you posted in the "OS X Guests" forum.
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Re: Downloading to Mac

Postby Terobero » 17. May 2018, 18:34

Sorry, this forum is confusing. I am trying to install VirtualBox on Mac OS. Can you change the sub-forum?
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Re: Downloading to Mac

Postby socratis » 17. May 2018, 20:47

I will merge your topic with the [Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9 in the VirtualBox OSE section (Open Source Edition), because that's what you're trying to do; build VirtualBox from the source.

The "rejected hunk @@" from a quick search shows that it's a "git" message. I'm not sure why you ended up with "git", but VirtualBox uses "svn", and the instructions talk about "svn", not "git".
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Re: [Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby Terobero » 17. May 2018, 21:39

There are 2 more places I got errors that I didn't tell.

First is
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./configure --disable-hardening --with-xcode-dir=/Volumes/Xcode/Xcode.app


It says I don't have qt5 but I have installed it using both MacPorts and I also have downloaded the application QT. So I did --disable-qt at my first try but this might have caused the other error I am going to talk about.
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Checking for Qt5:
  ** Qt5 framework not found (can be disabled using --disable-qt)!


The other error is at
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/Users/Shared/vbox/out/darwin.amd64/release/dist/loadall.sh


It says the destination does not have an Info.plist file.
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/Users/Shared/vbox/out/darwin.amd64/release/dist/VBoxDrv.kext has no Info.plist file.
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Re: [Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby socratis » 17. May 2018, 22:26

@Terobero
One issue at the time, starting with the earliest one, because that one can cause the rest of failures. I'm trying to figure out why the patch doesn't work as is, and what needs to be done to get it properly. I'm a complete n00b on this, so it may take me some time to see what's going on...

You could do the patch by hand in the meantime. You have to do the patch by hand in the meantime!

Unless you get the "configure" part to go with no errors, there is absolutely no point in continuing. None.

Terobero wrote:It says I don't have qt5 but I have installed it using both MacPorts and I also have downloaded the application QT.
I'm not sure why you downloaded the Qt Application (what's that??? where did you get it from???) and what it does to the system, you may have two competing Qt installations and that could break things.

That's the first part you have to figure out, forget about the kext for now...
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Re: [Discussion] Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9

Postby barrykn » 17. May 2019, 02:17

Compared to the "Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9" instructions, here's what I did differently to build VirtualBox (I tested this with VirtualBox 6.0.4 and 6.0.6, but not 6.0.8 yet):

If Java is not already installed, don't install it at the beginning. Instead, do it after installing MacPorts. (There's nothing really wrong with installing Java before MacPorts, but if you install MacPorts first, you can install Java as just another port, and that's the easiest/fastest way to do it.)

At some point, install the latest OpenSSL by doing something like the following example:
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tar zxf ~/Downloads/openssl-1.1.1b.tar.gz
cd openssl-1.1.1b
./config --prefix=/opt/openssl-1.1.1b --openssldir=/opt/openssl-1.1.1b/etc
make -j4
make test
sudo make install

(This is because I wasn't able to compile VirtualBox using any of the MacPorts versions of OpenSSL.)

Before installing any other ports, install an OpenSSL or LibreSSL port (openssl, openssl11, or libressl), if you haven't already done so. If you're only going to be using MacPorts for building VirtualBox, then just install the openssl port (the other ports will install faster that way, versus installing openssl11 or libressl). However, if you're going to need openssl11 or libressl instead of openssl, for some reason unrelated to building VirtualBox, now's the time to install it, before the openssl port gets automatically installed as a dependency for some other port.

Aside from openssl, I installed fewer ports because I didn't care about rebuilding the documentation. I installed:
pkgconfig (not explicitly installing pkgconfig caused other problems later on)
libidl
qt56
openjdk12 (to get Java)

(By the way, if you're going to install all the ports mentioned in "Build VirtualBox ≥ 5.1.2 on OSX ≥ 10.9", I think nowadays it should be OK to omit the "+universal" -- I think that has probably been unnecessary since OS X 10.9 became the minimum version for building VirtualBox. However, I haven't actually tested that yet.)

I downloaded the VirtualBox source from the Downloads page of the VirtualBox website, instead of using svn. (I'm not saying you shouldn't use svn, it's just that downloading the source tarball happened to be more convenient in my case.)

In addition to socratis's patch for the Qt stuff (which applied without problems for me), I had to patch something else as well: In Config.kmk, comment out the line that says "VBOX_WITH_DARWIN_R0_DARWIN_IMAGE_VERIFICATION = 1".

Since I installed my own OpenSSL, the config line becomes something like:
./configure --disable-hardening --with-xcode-dir=/Volumes/Xcode/Xcode.app --with-openssl-dir=/opt/openssl-1.1.1b

And with those changes to the directions, I was able to build and run VirtualBox from source on macOS 10.13.6.
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