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Re: Virtualbox within pkgsrc

On Wed, 23 Mar 2011 16:02:22 +1100, Malcolm Herbert <> 
> Slightly off-topic, but what experience do people have with using
> VirtualBox with NetBSD as a client? I have tried a few different
> versions of install media and found that kernels wouldn't boot or would
> crash part way through ... is there a reliable combination that works?
> This was running VirtualBox 4.0 and then 4.0.4 on Windows XP with NetBSD
> 5.0.1 and 5.1. From memory, I was able to install one or other (can't
> recall which NetBSD version, sorry) but the installed host locked up on
> boot (dropped to the kernel debugger) and the other wouldn't boot the
> install kernel at all.
> Are there NetBSD-specific docs on installing into VirtualBox I might
> have missed?
I always had problems with NetBSD clients, until I found this post:

I've now installed both 5.1 and 5.1_RC2 as clients on a Pentium 4 box
running Ubuntu - without the --norawr0 option both the installer and end
system would die during boot, but after invoking the VM with that option
it's been up for days and cross building a NetBSD evbarm-el system with
zero problems.  ((obv) hint: VBoxHeadless works with that option if too,
not just VBoxSDL)

Ian Spray
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