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I have recently installed Linux Mint 14 on a VirtualBox VM and it seems that guest additions are already installed. I did not install them. How is this possible? Does Linux Mint know that it is running inside a VM and install them itself?

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Did you install it from a Ubuntu/Debian/Mint repo? –  slm Aug 4 '13 at 12:40
    
Sorry I meant the virtualbox package itself on the actual host. –  slm Aug 4 '13 at 13:04
    
I installed it from Ubuntu Software center –  Kartik Aug 4 '13 at 13:05

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It would appear this is automatically done with any Linux Mint install:

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Re: Virtualbox guest additions - installation problem

by xenopeek on Wed Apr 24, 2013 3:21 pm

Linux Mint comes with VirtualBox guest additions installed and automatically loaded. You shouldn't need to install them again. If you upgrade to a newer kernel (but you haven't, you're running the stock kernel) then you might trip over the fact that VirtualBox isn't compatible yet with the newest kernels available and hence won't compile. That's not your issue I think.

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Re: Virtualbox guest additions - installation problem

by xenopeek on Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:56 am

Miss Bit wrote:

Do you mean that when I install a virtual Mint in VBox it knows that it is a VBox machine and then automatically install the guest additions?

Well, not exactly. The VirtualBox guest additions are always installed, regardless of what you install Linux Mint on. When using it in VirtualBox it will load and use the guest additions automatically.

The packages for this are virtualbox-guest-dkms, virtualbox-guest-utils, and virtualbox-guest-x11. Version 4.1.18 should already be installed on your system, unless you removed it prior.

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