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Which virtualbox to install on stretch [Solved]

Postby kendew » 2017-09-11 20:23

Hi,
I found this page https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox#Debian_9_.22Stretch.22 which states that VirtualBox is not available in Stretch and asks us to use the third party repository,
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deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch contrib

So I did that, so no surprise to find:
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sudo apt-cache policy virtualbox-5.1
virtualbox-5.1:
  インストールされているバージョン: (なし)
  候補:               5.1.26-117224~Debian~stretch
  バージョンテーブル:
     5.1.26-117224~Debian~stretch 500
        500 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch/contrib amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

However, I also find:
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sudo apt-cache policy virtualbox
virtualbox:
  インストールされているバージョン: (なし)
  候補:               5.1.26-dfsg-2
  バージョンテーブル:
     5.1.26-dfsg-2 900
        900 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian testing/contrib amd64 Packages
     5.1.26-dfsg-2~bpo9+1 100
        100 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports/contrib amd64 Packages

(Please ignore Japanese characters)

Since the version, 5.1.26 is the same, I am inclined to use the Stretch Backport repository to install, especially since it is DFSG and also that's the only way Synaptic will allow me to install virtualbox-guest-additions-iso which I need.

Any objections or thoughts on this?

Kendew
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Re: Which virtualbox to install on stretch

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2017-09-11 20:44

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Re: Which virtualbox to install on stretch

Postby Bulkley » 2017-09-11 23:21

I just removed VirtualBox for the umpteenth time. That is one of the most frustrating programs I've ever dealt with.
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Re: Which virtualbox to install on stretch

Postby pendrachken » 2017-09-12 12:36

kendew wrote:Hi,
I found this page https://wiki.debian.org/VirtualBox#Debian_9_.22Stretch.22 which states that VirtualBox is not available in Stretch and asks us to use the third party repository,
Code: Select all
deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch contrib

So I did that, so no surprise to find:
Code: Select all
sudo apt-cache policy virtualbox-5.1
virtualbox-5.1:
  インストールされているバージョン: (なし)
  候補:               5.1.26-117224~Debian~stretch
  バージョンテーブル:
     5.1.26-117224~Debian~stretch 500
        500 http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian stretch/contrib amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

However, I also find:
Code: Select all
sudo apt-cache policy virtualbox
virtualbox:
  インストールされているバージョン: (なし)
  候補:               5.1.26-dfsg-2
  バージョンテーブル:
     5.1.26-dfsg-2 900
        900 http://httpredir.debian.org/debian testing/contrib amd64 Packages
     5.1.26-dfsg-2~bpo9+1 100
        100 http://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian stretch-backports/contrib amd64 Packages

(Please ignore Japanese characters)

Since the version, 5.1.26 is the same, I am inclined to use the Stretch Backport repository to install, especially since it is DFSG and also that's the only way Synaptic will allow me to install virtualbox-guest-additions-iso which I need.

Any objections or thoughts on this?

Kendew


You can use either. Just remove testing from your sources.list OR fully upgrade to testing and deal with any issues that may arise from using testing.
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Re: Which virtualbox to install on stretch

Postby acewiza » 2017-09-12 13:09

kendew wrote:...I am inclined to use the Stretch Backport repository to install, especially since it is DFSG...

What advantage does this provide apart from simply using the latest Oracle release?
kendew wrote: and also that's the only way Synaptic will allow me to install virtualbox-guest-additions-iso which I need.

Uh, that would be incorrect. Mount the GA image from within your guest session and install away. I do it on every upgrade.
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Re: Which virtualbox to install on stretch

Postby kendew » 2017-09-13 00:49

I want to thank everyone who replied. I was basically looking for ideas on this. I am going to take pendrachken's suggestion and use the backported version. I have given testing repository a very low pin priority in preferences.d but I am going to comment out both testing and Oracle repositories and see how it goes. I have used virtualbox with no problems on Arch directly from their repositories or aur and have never had problems, but I am setting up this computer for someone else to use where my main interest is stability and low maintenance.
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