Virtualbox on 8.2 64-bit

Mario Lobo lobo at
Tue Jun 7 01:14:39 UTC 2011

On Monday 06 June 2011 17:56:53 Rob wrote:
> I was attempting to install virtualbox on my 8.2-p2 64-bit system this
> weekend, and hit a rather curious situation.  The pre-packaged version
> of virtualbox retrievable by pkg_add is 3.2.12 (which looks in
> ports/amd64/packages-8.2-release).  Poking around on the ftp server, I
> see that packages-8.1-release also has a 3.x version, but
> packages-8-stable has the latest 4.0.8.
> I went to look in ports, which contains 4.0.8, and build it myself but I
> got an error saying I need to have the 32-bit libraries installed in
> order to build virtualbox.
> So, my question is 2-fold:
> 1) What is the reason the 64-bit pre-packaged version of virtualbox is
> still at the 3.x version?  Would there be a problem with installing the
> packages (virtualbox and kernel module) from packages-8-stable?
> 2) How do I build virtualbox 4.0.8 on a 64-bit system w/o the 32-bit
> libs.  Is that possible?  Searching around has produced old e-mail
> threads indicating this was a problem as of 2 or so years ago with the
> 3.x release.  If it's not possible to build w/o the 32-bit libs, what do
> I need to install?
> Rob

You need to rebuild your kernel with

options		COMPAT_FREEBSD32	# Compatible with i386 binaries


Mario Lobo
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