Fix Vagrant and VirtualBox

If you just started using Vagrant (which I highly recommend), and on the last version of OSX (or any other system as a matter of fact) + VirtualBox, it’s highly likely that you’ll stumble on an error during your first `vagrant up` :

mount -t vboxsf -o uid=`id -u vagrant`,gid=`id -g vagrant` /vagrant /vagrant
Stdout from the command:

Stderr from the command:
mount: unknown filesystem type 'vboxsf'

The sharing isn’t setup. A bit frustrating. And you’ll need to install Guest Additions on the box (and that’s not straightforward if using Vagrant).

Turns out, the fix is quite easy.

First, download : (replace 4.2.16 by your VirtualBox version).

Now fire up VirtualBox, select your virtual machine, Command+F to power it off, then Command+S for settings, select Storage then click on Add CD/DVD Device, then select the freshly downloaded ISO.

Go back to your app directory (where you executed the vagrant init command), and launch vagrant :

vagrant up && vagrant ssh

# First, install required dependencies. 
sudo yum install gcc -y
sudo yum install kernel sources -y
sudo yum install kernel-devel -y
exit # exit from vagrant

# Reload the machine and fire Vagrant
vagrant halt && vagrant up && vagrant ssh

# Mount the disk 
sudo mount /dev/cdrom /media/cdrom # Use /dev/cdrom2 if it's a second disk.
cd /media/cdrom
sudo ./ # Follow the instructions

vagrant reload
vagrant ssh

Now you should be up and running !

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  1. Many thanks. I adapted the answer to an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS box and that just worked perfectly. All I had to do was:

    sudo apt-get install gcc linux-source linux-source-3.13.0


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