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Shared Folder / Guest Additions / Drupal

Bruno's picture

Hi there,

I have to confess, I am totally new to linux/Unbuntu and that might be the problem.

I am running VirtualBox 2.2.2 on XP and started your Drupal 6 appliance. Everything is doing fine, and after I found out about NAT/Bridge I can access Drupal also from outside.

A big Hug here for you guys by teh way for all that work and the good install description.

But... :) I like to install additional language packages to Drupal. Unfortunately I could not find out how to get these in the right folder. I simply have no clue how access the Drupal subdir from XP or via FTP.

As said, I am new to Unbuntu and I am not able to get the USB or Disk link to work. As far I understand I have to install „Gasterweiterung installieren..“ (Now I had my outcome as German) (it means „Install Guest Additions“). I understand that I can not use the mount command until I installed these. My chicken egg prob is now that according to the VB manual I have to have GuestAdditions installed to mount shared folder with the host but I can not access the GuestAdditions.iso without a shared folder. ??

I guess I getting something totally wrong here .. but what? :)

By the way, I am only able to use ls, mkdir and cd in Unbuntu :) (and a bit nano).

And yes, I tried to simply click in the Guest menu „Install Guest Additions“.

I also tried to use Device > Mount CDRom > Mount Image and selectet the GuestAddition.iso but where is this inside Unbuntu. I can not find it in /cdrom or /media/cdrom ?

If anybody has a hint or link to that problem would be really appreciated.


szczym's picture

Maybe just sumba?

helo Bruno

Forget about guest additions and make it normally like every linux/windows installation :) via samba - its emulation of windows network share protocol.

apt-get install samba

and than add something like that to end of /etc/samba/smb.conf

comment = here split
path = /var/www/tutturu/sites/default/files/input
public = yes
writable = yes
Create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777
force user = nobody
force group = nogroup

1. change path to your needs.
2. make command: chmod 777 -R /your/desired/path/
3 make command /etc/init.d/samba restart
when you go into your network neighborhood in winxp, you should see a drupal6 machine and inside of it dir input where you should be able to read and write.

BUT: that solution is exposing to any one your files, do it at home but not in a wild (eg. public hotspot). if you need more security, learn here: https://help.ubuntu.com/8.04/serverguide/C/windows-networking.html aloha!
Guest's picture

 Yeah I have the same problem

 Yeah I have the same problem with turnkey linux. Installing guest additions does not seem to mount the iso unless I am missing something obvious (which is quite possible).

Scott's picture

Ditto.... had the same missing cd problem

I just figured out the issue - at least in the LAMP appliance.  The cdrom is not mounted into the file system.  The cd is "in the drive" - but the drive is not actually mounted.  In the command line,  you will need to enter: mount /dev/cdrom /cdrom

 This will put the cdrom into the filesystem so you can then go through the installation.  However, it seems I have into insall a zip utility to do the install.  If it's not one thing, it's two!

Hope that helps.



Neil Aggarwal's picture


On my ubuntu desktop, it automounts CDs inserted into the drive.  Does the LAMP appliance not have automount installed?

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Scott's picture

Re: automount?

In the LAMP appliance, there is no desktop.  There is no graphical interface at all - it's all command line stuff.  I assume that automount is either associated with the GUI or is a feature stripped out of the Turnkey Ubuntu version.  Could be wrong, but I know the cdrom iso worked after mounting it via command line.



Neil Aggarwal's picture

Thats a good question. There

Thats a good question.

There is nothing about automount that requires a GUI, but I am not sure.

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Guest's picture

mount point /cdrom does not exist

I get "mount point /cdrom does not exist" when running the mount command

Jeremy's picture

Did you create the mount point first?

Ie does the folder /cdrom exist? If not make it like this:

mkdir /cdrom

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