archlinux and vbox: sharing folders

Posted by alexmoreno on Tue, 18/12/2012 - 11:53

This days i'm discovering a new Linux flavour, which it remembers me a lot to another old friend: Gentoo. It has a really similar way of installing, it's very very customizable like Gentoo, and it's quite minimalistic. I'm speaking about Archlinux.

I have to say that this days I was thinking in changing from more than 3 or 4 idilic years with Debian/Ubuntu to a more customizable system. I really don't like the last change which Ubuntu has made on the Desktop, and I really loved when I had the possibility of using last releases of software when using Gentoo (5 or 6 years ago).

So, the possibilities were mainly Gentoo... and my recent Archlinux discovery. Anyway, this is another story.

The fact is that I thought that working with Arhclinux was going to be more harder. Far from the reality. The installation is faster and not too much complicated, unlike Slackware, it has a powerfull package system with dependency resolution, and it is very customizable, so I can build it as fast as I want or as heavy and nice graphic looking as i prefer.

An example of how easy it is to do some things is shaing a folder with the vbox, (something that a fully advice against, unless you have no choice).

In the guest / Arhclinux side it was as simple as installing the module and activating:

  • pacman -S virtualbox-guest-modules
  • pacman -S virtualbox-guest-utils
And finally:
  • modprobe -a vboxguest vboxsf vboxvideo
  • systemctl start vboxservice.service
Enjoy :-)
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