Installing tar.bz2 help

Patrick Doyle wpdster at
Wed Jun 16 17:28:37 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM, Patrick Doyle <wpdster at> wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Edwin McGuire
> <mcguiresmain at> wrote:
>> Trying to install a newer version of VirtualBox that I have on a disk that
>> came on (LinuxUser & Developer Magazine). VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2
>> Instructions in magazine say for Debian systems use:
>> $ sudo apt-get install virtualbox_3.1
> While I'm not an apt-get expert, I don't believe you can install
> VirtualBox in this way.  Try something like this:
> $ tar xjf /media/cdrom/VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2
> Then cd into the directory that (hopefully, presumably, probably
> called "VirtualBox" or "VirtualBox-3.1.4") was created and look for a
> README or an INSTALL file to tell you what to do from there.

...poking around on the web a little, it seems like
VirtualBox-3.1.4-OSE.tar.bz2 is the "Open Source Edition" -- the
source code for VirtualBox.  I probably steered you in a direction
that you may not want to go -- namely that of compiling and installing
VirtualBox from scratch.

I'm taking back what I said earlier about not being able to install
VirtualBox the way you were trying.  Now I'm wondering if the
publishers of the LinuxUser & Developer Magazine cleverly composed the
CD so that it contains the .deb file in a standard location that
apt-get would look on a CDROM.  You could try looking at
/etc/apt/sources.list to see where that might be and see if the .deb
file on the cdrom shows up there.

That's all I've got for you.  Perhaps somebody who actually knows
something could take over from here.


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