… finally this worked for me, should also work for anybody else trying to install VirtualBox Guest Additions on a CentOS (x86_64) virtual server in command line mode.
# yum update # yum install dkms gcc make kernel-devel bzip2 binutils patch libgomp glibc-headers glibc-devel kernel-headers elfutils-libelf-devel # mkdir -p /media/cdrom # mount /dev/scd0 /media/cdrom # sh /media/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
In CentOS 7 and higher the cdrom is at
/dev/sr0 instead of
When the process is complete, reboot the system. That’s all.
@its_me’s answer almost worked, but it failed building some kernel modules.
If it doesn’t work for you, look at the messages.
In my case, one of them asked to look into
/var/log/vboxadd-install.log. There it said something about missing kernel sources and to provide the kernel source directory with e.g.
kernel-devel and sources at
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64 were already installed, I was confused, but called it with the requested environment variable
KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-504.16.2.el6.x86_64 sh /media/cdrom/VBoxLinuxAdditions.run
Now it complained about missing header files and suggested to do
yum install kernel-devel-2.6.32-504.el6.x86_64
As you can see, this is a slightly different version,
504.16.2 vs just
504. After installing the proper
kernel-devel package, building and then installing worked as expected.
So, running kernel and installed kernel sources (aka
kernel-devel) must match. You can verify this by looking at the running kernel with
and the installed sources at
As a final conclusion, whatever happens, look at the messages and log files provided.
This is an old thread but came up in my search for a similar issue. In case anyone else runs into this, the following answer solved it for me:
Note* The URL says 2010 but the article was updated in 2013.