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VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running (Debian 8)

After freshly installing Debian 8 into a VB, I was able to install the VB Guest Additions kind of “half”. The virtual graphic adapter was recognised correctly, but when starting Debian the message “VBoxClient: the VirtualBox kernel service is not running. Exiting.” was displayed. Afterwards, it was not possible to mount a virtualised USB device or a shared folder.

The problem was that the VB Guest Additions were not compiled successfully into the kernel due to missing header files.

Solution:

1) Make sure that the non FOSS repositories are added to the apt-get sources.

root@mentat:/# vi /etc/apt/sources.list
---> Add:
--->   deb http://ftp.fr.debian.org/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
--->   deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
root@mentat:/# apt-get update

2) Magic:

Install kernel headers: (sudo or su – root if sudo isn’t installed)

root@mentat:/# sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r|sed 's,[^-]*-[^-]*-,,')

If not installed when executing the above command, add ‘make’ and ‘gcc’ first:

root@mentat:/# sudo apt-get install gcc
root@mentat:/# sudo apt-get install make

3) (Re)Install the Guest Additions:

root@mentat:/media/cdrom/# sh ./VBoxLinuxAdditions.run

4) Restart VM

Et zou!

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