howto install virtualbox

Mark Stapper stark at
Tue Aug 18 06:06:02 UTC 2009

Gary Jennejohn wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:34:42 +0200
> Mark Stapper <stark at> wrote:
>> I'm currently migrating my home desktop from Gentoo linux to FreeBSD
>> 8.0(Beta but it'll be "Stable" soon. Using RELENG_8 btw).
>> I'm kind of a OS collector/nut/geek/nerd. As such virtualization is
>> quite important to me.
>> I've been using VMware Server 2.x on Gentoo for quite some time and,
>> apart from the new console *barf*, it's been working for me so far.
>> So needless to say I was hoping for vmware support. Tough luck... Ow
>> well, the handbook spoke of virtualbox support. Only OSE, but still,
>> better than nothing.
>> After trying virtualbox on windows(at work) I decided to give it a go on
>> FreeBSD amd64...
>> Issuing make install in the virtualbox directory complained about me not
>> having any 32-bit libraries installed.
> So, how did you install FreeBSD?  From an install image?
> You should have a /usr/lib32 by default, unless the image didn't contain
> it.  The 32-bit compatibilty libraries are automatically generated by
> "make buildworld" as long as MK_LIB32 is not set to "no" (which it is not,
> by default).
> Maybe you need to do "make buildworld" followed by "make installworld",
> assuming you have the src tree installed.
>> My questions are two fold:
>> 1. Which options do I have when it comes to vritualization on FreeBSD 8
>> amd64?
> qemu works pretty well, but VirtualBox is the way to go.  I've been using
> it under 8-current for a few months and it beats the socks off of qemu
> performance-wise.
>> 2. How do I install virtualbox on amd64?
> See above.  It seems that having /usr/lib32 populated is a prerequisite.
> ---
> Gary Jennejohn
Thanks all for your reply's.
I was planning on doing a kernel/world upgrade anyway since that's what
I like doing :-) (need to test a patch from Junch-uk Kim anyway...)
Now I really have no more reason not to run FreeBSD as desktop... Maybe
except for good nvidia drivers.....
thanks again.

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