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Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34 [SOLVED]

Post by WharfRat » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:48 pm

To anyone that's interested:

A vbox upgrade to version virtualbox_4.3.34-dfsg-1+deb8u1ubuntu1.14.04.1 caused my win7 vm to crash, actually vbox crashes:

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[bill@qiana] /var/cache/apt/archives $ l /var/crash
total 6.8M
-rw-r----- 1 root root 6.8M 2015-11-25 20:29:12 _usr_lib_virtualbox_VirtualBox.0.crash
[bill@qiana] /var/cache/apt/archives $ 

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EMT[5652]: segfault at 618 ip 00007efca36b95f1 sp 00007efccb4e6c40 error 4 in VBoxDD.so[7efca360b000+17a000]
So anyone that runs windows in a vbox beware :wink:
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by karlchen » Sat Nov 28, 2015 5:20 pm

Hi, WharfRat,
any new details on the reported problem?
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by WharfRat » Sun Nov 29, 2015 12:13 pm

karlchen wrote:Hi, WharfRat,
any new details on the reported problem?
Karl
As far as I know there hasn't been any further upgrades/patches to the vb packages and I haven't really researched it to any extent.

I immediately reverted back to version 4.3.10 upon getting that error and placed 4.3.34 on hold.

I'll contemplate replacing virtualbox with virtualbox-5.0 - Oracle VM VirtualBox if there is no foreseeable resolution for this.

At this time everything is operational so there's no rush :wink:
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:43 pm

Do you have the extension pack installed? Removing it might help.

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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by WharfRat » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:46 pm

Cosmo. wrote:Do you have the extension pack installed? Removing it might help.
Thanks for your suggestion and yes I do have the extension pack installed. I did a search and found bug tickets, but some were seven years old.

I'm going to give that a try during the week. I'll also try the latest extension pack as the one I have installed is 4.3.12 and the most recent is 5.0.10.

I'll update the thread with the results.
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:08 pm

WharfRat,

do you say, that in your previous VB 4.3.34 the extension pack 4.3.12 has been installed? In this case it is very likely, that this is the cause for the crash. See here a very current reply of a VB-forum-moderator with a very similar constellation.

BTW: I run here VB 4.3.34 (updated 14 days ago) - but in difference to you taken from the Oracle download site - and have a XP guest (offline, network interface completely removed, needed for some older databases): Not the least problems to report.

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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by WharfRat » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:32 pm

Cosmo. wrote:WharfRat,

do you say, that in your previous VB 4.3.34 the extension pack 4.3.12 has been installed? In this case it is very likely, that this is the cause for the crash. See here a very current reply of a VB-forum-moderator with a very similar constellation.

BTW: I run here VB 4.3.34 (updated 14 days ago) - but in difference to you taken from the Oracle download site - and have a XP guest (offline, network interface completely removed, needed for some older databases): Not the least problems to report.
Thanks again Cosmo for this information. I would have attempted to install the wrong extension pack. I completely missed it under 4.3.34 :oops:

I do have 4.3.12 installed and in addition a VNC 4.3.10 extension pack. I don't recall what the VNC pack is for or when I installed it :?

In any event I downloaded version 4.3.34 of the extension pack. That forum link you included looks promising as the resolution for the segfault :D

Much appreciated :wink:
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:47 pm

WharfRat, out of curiosity I have this question:

If I update VB and start the VB manager afterwards, I always get a warning dialog, that a newer version (matching with the running VB version) does exist and that I shall update it. I can also directly download this extension pack from the dialog and install it.

What I am interested to know is: Does the repo version of VB behaves the same? Reading between the lines of your posts I have the feeling, it does not.

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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by WharfRat » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:04 pm

Cosmo. wrote:WharfRat, out of curiosity I have this question:

If I update VB and start the VB manager afterwards, I always get a warning dialog, that a newer version (matching with the running VB version) does exist and that I shall update it. I can also directly download this extension pack from the dialog and install it.

What I am interested to know is: Does the repo version of VB behaves the same? Reading between the lines of your posts I have the feeling, it does not.
I don't get any messages when starting the vbox manager. Which one do you have installed :?:

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dpkg -l|grep virtualbox
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34

Post by Cosmo. » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:53 pm

As I wrote above: In difference to you I download VB from the Oracle download site. I think, that this makes the difference. 4.3.34 at now.

I think, that is a license issue. VB is GPL, but the extension package is not. Also the extension package may in difference to the VB base not be redistributed, this is the reason, that it is not available iin the repos. And - my guess - to be on the safe site, the message I described (inclusive the download option) has been removed for the repo package.

Most likely you wouldn't have come into the trouble with the Oracle version, because you would have been noted, to update the extension pack - provided, that you launch after a VB update at first the VB manager, before launching any VM. If you read the first 2 lines of the OP in the linked VB forum thread you find, that this user did also have VB installed from the official repo (otherwise he would not have got the update via the system's software updater), so he had also not been notified.
Instead of downloading the DEB-file you could also use a PPA provided by Oracle. I recommend always the manual download, because it gives more control, if and when I install an update. My long-time experience with VB confirms, that it is a good idea, to wait and check the VB forum after some days, after a new version has been released. The Oracle version has the option to check regularly, if a new version does exist; you can even configure this in some details.
Doing this way I have never been in trouble with my VMs since many years.

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$  dpkg -l|grep virtualbox
ii  virtualbox-4.3                                    4.3.34-104062~Ubuntu~raring                         amd64        Oracle VM VirtualBox
ii  virtualbox-guest-dkms                             4.3.18-dfsg-1~ubuntu1~trusty1                       all          x86 virtualization solution - guest addition module source for dkms
ii  virtualbox-guest-utils                            4.3.18-dfsg-1~ubuntu1~trusty1                       amd64        x86 virtualization solution - non-X11 guest utilities
ii  virtualbox-guest-x11                              4.3.18-dfsg-1~ubuntu1~trusty1                       amd64        x86 virtualization solution - X11 guest utilities

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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34 [SOLVED]

Post by WharfRat » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:50 pm

Cosmo,

You solved my vb problem :D That extension pack was the culprit.

I upgraded vb, removed the earlier extension pack version and installed 4.3.34. Upon getting into win7 I was prompted to update the guest additions so I did. It rebooted and everything is fine :D

You're probably spot-on that differences we're experiencing is due to mine being the repo version and yours being from the Oracle download site.

In any event, thanks to your assistance, I'm thrilled to be able to put this behind me.

Have one on me :wink:
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Re: Warning for Virtualbox 4.3.34 [SOLVED]

Post by Cosmo. » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:00 am

Cheers!

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