I installed Arch Linux UEFI on my main workstation on 04 November 2015 at ~03:10 hrs. I got my trusted lieutenant, Xfce, installed immediately. I used this recipe as a guide.
Now, Linux does not tell us the installation time the way Windows does with the
Windows systeminfo command output
How, then, do I know when I installed Arch Linux ?
sudo tune2fs -l /dev/sda2 | grep 'Filesystem created:'
Filesystem created: Wed Nov 4 03:10:39 2015
tune2fs allows the system administrator to adjust various tunable filesystem parameters on Linux ext2, ext3, or ext4 filesystems.
Prior to that, I had allowed openSUSE Tumbleweed to rule my workstation. I was very happy for quite a long time. However, stability tumbled away and I was left with an OS that froze every now and then. I believe it was all due to Plasma 5. I had the same experience with it on Arch Linux too. I installed it because I was bored with Xfce.
I had never faced an update issue in the past almost one year. Yesterday’s update, however, broke Virtualbox. A very minor thing. This breakage notwithstanding, I think, this level of stability for a rolling-release is just unbelievable. This is something Corporates with unending supply of money and resources aim to achieve.
Started Virtualbox after the update and tried to launch my Windows 7 virtual machine. The update had nuked Virtualbox and it cried
Kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908)
The VirtualBox Linux kernel driver (vboxdrv) is either not loaded or there is a permission problem with /dev/vboxdrv. Please reinstall the kernel module by executing
where: suplibOsInit what: 3 VERR_VM_DRIVER_NOT_INSTALLED (-1908) – The support driver is not installed. On linux, open returned ENOENT.
I did what the message asked me to do:
This is what I got in return:
sudo: /sbin/vboxconfig: command not found
I did the following in /sbin directory:
ls | grep vbox
The result was:
Now, where is /sbin/vboxconfig?
I purged Virtualbox and installed again. No change in results.
Since the message said that it was the loading of
vboxdrv that had failed, I thought of loading the driver myself and it worked.
sudo modeprobe vboxdrv
Role Of DKMS
dkms is supposed to do the dirty work of updating modules for me. dkms has been extremely reliable all these months. Never had a trouble. On Arch Linux, you need to install Virtualbox dkms package. Let me query my packages and show you:
sudo pacman -Q | grep virtualbox
The result of the query is:
My Arch Linux experience has been extraordinary. I trust it so much that I have it installed on my main workstation. It may break some day down the line, but I will not hesitate to spend a couple of hours to install it back and get things back on track.
Filed under: CodeProject, Linux, The Other Stuff Tagged: Arch Linux, vboxdrv, Virtualbox