howto install virtualbox

lucian at lucian at
Tue Aug 18 13:17:12 UTC 2009

Mark Stapper writes:

> 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.....

And Adobe Flash (tm) ;-)

> thanks again.
> Greetz,
> Mark

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