virtualbox dependency

Simos Xenitellis simos.lists at
Wed Dec 3 23:56:56 UTC 2014

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 8:14 PM, Scott Richardson
<scott.richardson at> wrote:
> virtualbox-qt (4.3.10-dfsg-1) requires virtualbox-dkms. Without this, I get
> the following error when I try to start a virtual machine:
> Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)
> The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there
> is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel
> module by executing
> '/etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup'
> as root. If it is available in your distribution, you should install the
> DKMS package first. This package keeps track of Linux kernel changes and
> recompiles the vboxdrv kernel module if necessary.
> However, /etc/init.d/vboxdrv does not exist. But if I install
> virtualbox-dkms manually my virtual machine will start up. It seems like
> virtualbox should at least suggest virtualbox-dkms be installed.

The command should have been

sudo dpkg-reconfigure virtualbox-dkms

Perhaps the error message should be updated to the new command.


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