git: f881341061 - main - FreeBSD Handbook: Virtualization: HAL

From: Graham Perrin <>
Date: Wed, 03 May 2023 01:31:59 UTC
The branch main has been updated by grahamperrin:


commit f881341061558ccfd0f65309a40a312a4d929732
Author:     Graham Perrin <>
AuthorDate: 2023-05-03 01:25:53 +0000
Commit:     Graham Perrin <>
CommitDate: 2023-05-03 01:25:53 +0000

    FreeBSD Handbook: Virtualization: HAL
    – the port of HAL died more than two years ago.
    Remove related texts from:
 .../en/books/handbook/virtualization/_index.adoc   | 50 ----------------------
 1 file changed, 50 deletions(-)

diff --git a/documentation/content/en/books/handbook/virtualization/_index.adoc b/documentation/content/en/books/handbook/virtualization/_index.adoc
index 5c37d9ba18..a4540edca2 100644
--- a/documentation/content/en/books/handbook/virtualization/_index.adoc
+++ b/documentation/content/en/books/handbook/virtualization/_index.adoc
@@ -326,44 +326,6 @@ Section "InputDevice"
-HAL users should create the following [.filename]#/usr/local/etc/hal/fdi/policy/90-vboxguest.fdi# or copy it from [.filename]#/usr/local/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor/90-vboxguest.fdi#:
-<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
-# Sun VirtualBox
-# Hal driver description for the vboxmouse driver
-# $Id: chapter.xml,v 1.33 2012-03-17 04:53:52 eadler Exp $
-	Copyright (C) 2008-2009 Sun Microsystems, Inc.
-	This file is part of VirtualBox Open Source Edition (OSE, as
-	available from This file is free software;
-	you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU
-	General Public License (GPL) as published by the Free Software
-	Foundation, in version 2 as it comes in the "COPYING" file of the
-	VirtualBox OSE distribution. VirtualBox OSE is distributed in the
-	hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY of any kind.
-	Please contact Sun Microsystems, Inc., 4150 Network Circle, Santa
-	Clara, CA 95054 USA or visit if you need
-	additional information or have any questions.
-<deviceinfo version="0.2">
-  <device>
-    <match key="info.subsystem" string="pci">
-      <match key="info.product" string="VirtualBox guest Service">
-        <append key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">input</append>
-	<append key="info.capabilities" type="strlist">input.mouse</append>
-        <merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">vboxmouse</merge>
-	<merge key="input.device" type="string">/dev/vboxguest</merge>
-      </match>
-    </match>
-  </device>
 Shared folders for file transfers between host and VM are accessible by mounting them using `mount_vboxvfs`.
 A shared folder can be created on the host using the VirtualBox GUI or via `vboxmanage`.
 For example, to create a shared folder called _myshare_ under [.filename]#/mnt/bsdboxshare# for the VM named _BSDBox_, run:
@@ -511,18 +473,6 @@ Then choose the Host Drive from the popup menu for the virtual CD/DVD drive sele
 A checkbox labeled `Passthrough` will appear. This allows the virtual machine to use the hardware directly.
 For example, audio CDs or the burner will only function if this option is selected.
-HAL needs to run for VirtualBox(TM)DVD/CD functions to work, so enable it in [.filename]#/etc/rc.conf# and start it if it is not already running:
-# service hald start
 In order for users to be able to use VirtualBox(TM)DVD/CD functions, they need access to [.filename]#/dev/xpt0#, [.filename]#/dev/cdN#, and [.filename]#/dev/passN#.
 This is usually achieved by making the user a member of `operator`.
 Permissions to these devices have to be corrected by adding these lines to [.filename]#/etc/devfs.conf#: