Installed VirtualBox - but where is it?

Thomas Blasejewicz thomas at
Wed Apr 7 05:38:53 UTC 2010

Andrew Farris さんは書きました:
> On Tue, 2010-04-06 at 11:58 +0900, Thomas Blasejewicz wrote:
>> The other day I used under Ubuntu 9.04 Synaptic to install VirtualBox OSE.
>> The computer says, the installation has been successfully completed.
>> Fine.
>> Now, where am I supposed to look for it??
> For me, Virtualbox installs itself under "Applications > System Tools >
> VirtualBox". The executable itself is just called 'VirtualBox' (i.e. Alt
> +F2 > and typing: VirtualBox in the command window and pressing <Return>
> should run it. You can also make sure it's 'recognized' by clicking the
> 'Show list of known applications' in the Alt+F2 dialog to see if it
> shows up there as you are typing)
>> I cannot find it anywhere under application,
>> there is no icon or stuff like that on the desktop
>> and when I try Alt+F2: VirtualBox (all different forms of spelling,
>> capitalization I can think of),
> [snip]
> see above... it should be there.
>> Is there any way to describe this in a manner that even a "regular Joe"
>> (a person without degree in computer science and understanding of the
>> inner secrets of linux) - like me - can understand?
> If you ever have this issue in the future, you can see what executable
> is installed by doing this:
>       * Go to System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager
>       * Search for the app/package you're interested in ('virtualbox' in
>         this case)
>       * right-click on the package > Properties | Installed Files tab
>       * look for lines starting with /usr/bin, as those are most likely
>         the executables (usually near the bottom of the list)
>       * you can also see if the package installed a menu entry by
>         looking for lines starting with /usr/share/applications/ (these
>         are usually closer to the top)
>> (the other day I tried to install wine (could not make it work);
>> attempts at reading the instruction manual were like trying to read
>> ancient hiroglyphs from an Egyptian tomb)
> what were you trying to do with it? Generally, although Wine is a nice
> piece of software, generally if you can avoid using it, it's best that
> you did.
> However, if you do need to use it, remember that before you can do
> anything wit hit, you have to run the config program for it at least
> once to create a default config ("Applications > Wine > Configure
> Wine"... waiting till the window pops up, then closing it, should be
> sufficient for most needs). You can also look into using a front-end for
> Wine that makes it a little easier to deal with. I personally use
> Play-on-Linux (its not just for games) because it allows for easily
> sandboxing individual programs, so if one thing breaks the wine install,
> it doesn't ruin all of your other installed apps... only that one
> environment.
> Hope that helps!
1) Synaptic shows "virtualbox-ose-source" to be installed
there are a number of other packages too, like "guest" etc., but I have 
no idea what they are for.
2) Lookiing under "/ur/bin/" I cannot find anything resembling "virtual ..."
3) Applications ... NONE of the menu contains anything related to 
"virtual ..."
4) Alt+F2 VirtualBox / virutalbox-ose-source (as it appears in synaptic) 
/ vboxdrv-2.1.4 (as it appears in nautilus somewhere) etc. etc. ALL 
5) there are a million of files under /usr/src/vboxdrv-2.1.4, but again 
NONE is executable in any way that I could understand or perform.

So, it is installed but still "not there".
And it apparently cannot neither be found nor execute in any "simple" 
way a simple (non-computer specialist like me) person can comprehend.
This is NOT the "linux simply works" that all guidebooks, instruction 
manual etc about Linux advertise.
There is nothing simple about this at all.
I am afraid, for me this is imcomprehensible at best.

When I have time, I will try to download and install (THAT too is a 
mystery, requiring many "lines" of commands, each zillion characters 
long in robot language - which I do not understand) the software,
When that fails, I am (again) forced to give up, because Linux seems to 
be way beyong my capacities.

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