Virtualbox missing

Bug #1912861 reported by Cameron Tacklind on 2021-01-22
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
virtualbox (Debian)
virtualbox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

After installing Virtualbox via `sudo apt install virtualbox`, I expect a service to be installed that enabled automatically starting guest VMs on system boot.

Looking at the Virtualbox sources, I see a file `` that is the appropriate service configuration.

`dkpg-query -L virtualbox`, after installing, shows only 1 file in `/etc/init.d/`: `/etc/init.d/virtualbox`.

If memory serves, this init script used to be installed on my system but I believe unattended updates broke it.

Without this file, one must manually create it (or an equivalent with Systemd).

Was this removed intentionally? Or maybe I just broke something on my system? I've tried re-installing virtualbox a few times.

cameron@uberfall:~$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS
Release: 20.04
cameron@uberfall:~$ apt-cache policy virtualbox
  Installed: 6.1.16-dfsg-6~ubuntu1.20.04.1
  Candidate: 6.1.16-dfsg-6~ubuntu1.20.04.1
  Version table:
 *** 6.1.16-dfsg-6~ubuntu1.20.04.1 500
        500 focal-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     6.1.6-dfsg-1 500
        500 focal/multiverse amd64 Packages

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affects: xfwm4 (Ubuntu) → virtualbox (Ubuntu)
Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :

Was there a reason why you reported the bug as being related to `xfwm4` ?

Your description implies it's related to virtualbox, thus I've changed the package to that.

If I'm missing something, please elaborate in comment.

Cameron Tacklind (cinderblock) wrote :

I believe I typed in `virtualbox` in the package. I was confused when I saw it changed. Unclear if I messed up or if website revered it on its own.

Norbert (nrbrtx) on 2021-01-23
tags: added: bionic focal groovy hirsute xenial
Changed in virtualbox (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in virtualbox (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
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