I just installed a fresh OpenSuse Tumbleweed and installed "virtualbox, kernel-source" via yast. Added the normal user to the vboxusers group. Rebooted. And now I am getting the following error when trying to install a guest vm (also an OpenSuse):

linux-4tur:~ # ls -lah /sbin/vboxconfig
ls: cannot access '/sbin/vboxconfig': No such file or directory
linux-4tur:~ # ls -lah /sbin/ | grep -i vbox
linux-4tur:~ # 
linux-4tur:~ # ls -lah /dev/vboxdrv
ls: cannot access '/dev/vboxdrv': No such file or directory
linux-4tur:~ # 
linux-4tur:~ # modprobe vboxdrv
modprobe: FATAL: Module vboxdrv not found in directory /lib/modules/4.10.12-1-default
linux-4tur:~ # 

What am I missing?

  • Does zypper search virtualbox still show it as installed? Also, can you find the vboxconfig executable with this command? whereis vboxconfig
    – TopHat
    May 6, 2017 at 20:17

3 Answers 3


I had the same problem. had to just reinstall ("update unconditionally" in Yast GUI) all virtualbox packages and it started working.


Perhaps at the moment of install yast gave you a warning? Try install kernel-dev and reinstall virtualbox.

Try download and install manually the rpm from virtualbox site.


In my specific case, the vboxconfig binary was present, but it was not marked as executable. Marking it as executable and manually running it once fixed the issue for me.

# whereis vboxconfig
vboxconfig: /sbin/vboxconfig

# /sbin/vboxconfig
-bash: /sbin/vboxconfig: Permission denied

# ls -l /sbin/vboxconfig
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1334 Jun 21 12:12 /sbin/vboxconfig

# chmod +x /sbin/vboxconfig 

# /sbin/vboxconfig
Installing all required packages...
Building kernel modules...
Kernel modules built correctly. They will now be installed.
insmod /lib/modules/4.11.6-1-default/misc/vboxdrv.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.11.6-1-default/misc/vboxnetflt.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.11.6-1-default/misc/vboxnetadp.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.11.6-1-default/misc/vboxpci.ko 
Kernel modules are installed and loaded.

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