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Installed VirtualBox from Commandline but Won't Run GUI from Desktop

Posted on 2012-12-26
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Hello,

I'm rather new to Linux and I need a little help.  I'm running Fedora 14.

I installed VirtualBox from the Terminal Command Line.  It seems to work fine from there.  For instance, the following commands work great (so I think it's installed):
[root@localhost opt]# vboxmanage -version
4.2.6r82870

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[root@localhost VirtualBox]# sh VBoxSysInfo.sh
Distribution: Fedora | Version: 14 | Kernel: Linux version 2.6.35.14-106.fc14.i686 (gcc version 4.5.1 20100924 (Red Hat 4.5.1-4) (GCC) ) #1 SMP Wed Nov 23 13:57:33 UTC 2011

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Problem is that I'd like to use the standard desktop GUI but it doesn't do anything.  So, when I go to Applications --> System Tools --> Oracle VM Virtualbox nothing happens!  No error, no program, no nothing.

I'm assuming some files permissions are wrong, but I'm not sure where to start.  Could you help me solve this problem and get the VirtualBox GUI running from my desktop?

Thanks,
Jason
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by:Jelcin
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try to run virtualbox from command line and see if there are any errors?

i am not sure for the command maybe it's just "virtualbox".
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by:SqueezeOJ
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Good idea, Jelcin.

Here's what I got:
[root@localhost VirtualBox]# pwd
/opt/VirtualBox

[root@localhost VirtualBox]# virtualbox
VirtualBox: supR3HardenedVerifyDir: Cannot trust the directory "/opt/VirtualBox": group and/or other writable (st_mode=040777)

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Permissions on the directories that seem to matter are:

For opt:    drwxr-xr-x.   3 root root  4096 Dec 24 14:35 opt

For virtualbox:    drwxrwxrwx 12 root root 4096 Dec 24 14:35 VirtualBox

I should note that the user name with which I generally log in is "user".

What do you think I should do next?
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SqueezeOJ earned 0 total points
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After screwing around with it some more, I decided to uninstall it using sh uninstall.sh in the same directory and just reinstall it.

Since I'm running a slightly older version of Fedora (FC14), I decided to go find the original VBox RPM for my distro. Here's the download page:  https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Download_Old_Builds_4_1

I ran this from FireFox through the Package Installer and now it works great.

Case closed.  Thanks for your help though!
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by:SqueezeOJ
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Would've liked to know what was wrong, but also just wanted to get this to work, so uninstalling and reinstalling fixed it, but didn't teach me much.
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