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Re: graphical desktop in virtualbox

As others have said, xrandr works fine and you can set any desired
geometry. It won't resize automatically, though; for this you need the
guest extensions and cooperating window manager.

While the guest extensions are not available to install from Oracle or
 from pkgsrc, it is actually very easy to build them yourself -
download and extract the VirttualBox source code, install kbuild (and
nasm, as far as I remember), make sure you have got the system sources
in /usr/src and /usr/xsrc, a small local kmk file is also needed (to
restrict building the additions only). Xfce4 works fine with this,
screen size changes, 3D accelleration also works. As far as I am
concerned, my VirtualBox installations are almost as good as bare
metal ones... I track -current daily, using a real laptop, but then I
upgrade, among the others, a few VirtualBox (and other) clients, for
the VirtualBox clients I always rebuild the additions pn every

On Sun, 5 Apr 2020 at 13:30, Robert Elz <> wrote:
>     Date:        Sun, 5 Apr 2020 12:57:31 +0200
>     From:        "Pierre Dupond" <>
>     Message-ID:  <trinity-0bbf3b9f-056d-485b-9e54-738b852264e6-1586084251176@3c-app-gmx-bap31>
>   | It would be a nice feature if the graphical display could have more
>   | than 800x600 dots.
> It can, but you have to configure the graphics mode for the guest in the
> host's virtualbox config, and it needs to be done using the command line
> tools, not the GUI (which doesn't have this ability).   I used to do that,
> but haven't needed to for ages (no longer run vvirtual box), and so I've
> forgotten the magic recipe, but it is all in the virtualbox docs, somewhere
> hard to find... (somewhere in the advanced stuff).
>   | I think this is not possible since Netbsd don't seems  to have the
>   | Guest extensions.
> When I started doing this that was true, but it didn't matter.   Guest
> extensions might make it easier, but are not required (or were not).
> kre


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