[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] Bug#770833: virtualbox-dkms: Error "Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)" after "aptitude upgrade"

Ritesh Raj Sarraf rrs at researchut.com
Mon Nov 24 14:44:17 UTC 2014

On 11/24/2014 07:09 PM, Elias Andrade wrote:
> Package: virtualbox-dkms
> Version: 4.3.18-dfsg-1
> Severity: important
> Dear Maintainer,
> After system upgrade (aptitude upgrade) and system reboot, when i try to start
> a VM in Virtualbox, a error "Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)... Please
> reinstall the kernel module by executing /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup as root" is
> showed.

I guess we need to patch this. In Debian, this is /etc/init.d/virtualbox.
The error message is from upstream and misleads users.

> /etc/init.d/vboxdrv doesn't exist.
As explained above.

> To solve the problem, i reinstalled the package virtualbox-dkms and load
> manually the modules:
Just a restart of the virutalbox service should suffice. Actually,
perhaps we should be doing this in the dkms postinst itself.

But, why did the problem occur in the first place ??
Did you have the necessary header packages installed ?

> aptitude reinstall virtualbox-dkms
> modprobe vboxnetadp
> modprobe vboxnetflt
> modprobe vboxpci
The init script does the same.

> After, VM's is started normally!
> -- System Information:
> Debian Release: jessie/sid
>   APT prefers testing-updates
>   APT policy: (500, 'testing-updates'), (500, 'testing')
> Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
> Foreign Architectures: i386
> Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
> Locale: LANG=pt_BR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=pt_BR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
> Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
> Versions of packages virtualbox-dkms depends on:
> ii  dkms
> ii  dpkg        1.17.21
> ii  virtualbox  4.3.18-dfsg-1
> virtualbox-dkms recommends no packages.
> virtualbox-dkms suggests no packages.
> -- no debconf information

Ritesh Raj Sarraf
RESEARCHUT - http://www.researchut.com
"Necessity is the mother of invention."

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