What I am trying to accomplish:
- I have (at home) a PC with Windows 7 installed
- I would like to run a Unix in Virtual Box, because I am more used to developing / scripting on it
I settled on Freebsd at the moment, and I managed to install it and configure the network. The next step is sharing a folder from Windows to Freebsd so that I can easily edit files on Windows and on Freebsd both. Unfortunately it seems a though thing to do.
I rummaged on the net and found two different ways:
I installed the guest additions in freebsd using
pkg_add -r virtualbox-ose-additions, the install proceeded switfly enough, and I edited
/etc/rc.conf to add the two suggested lines:
vboxservice_enable="YES" and rebooted.
It did not work. The command to mount the system ends up in an error:
# mount -t vboxsf shared /home/myuser/shared mount: shared : Operation not supported by device
shared is the name of the folder I setup in my virtual box settings for this VM.
Is it actually possible to use a
vboxsffilesystem type in freebsd ? Some comments seem to suggest it is not supported but finding up-to-date information is difficult.
Next, I moved on to the samba approach. I basically followed the guide I linked it. Unfortunately it ends up with:
# mount_smbfs -N -I 192.168.56.1 //winuser@winmachinename/Shared /mnt/shared mount_smbfs: unable to open connection: syserr = RPC struct is bad
Shared is the name of the shared folder I configured with windows, accessible to the
winuser obviously. The ping works.
I would like to note that I have no password on the windows guest account I am trying to connect at, it seemed easier, but perhaps that it's bothering samba somehow.
edit: working from PuTTY I had not seen that some messages were printed in the console:
smb_maperror: Unmapped error 3:31 smb_co_lock: recursive lock for object 1
both appear several times. /end of edit
If the direct filesytem sharing does not work, any idea how to get samba to do it ? The article suggest it's already be done by some at least.
- Host: Windows 7 Familial Edition (up-to-date)
- Guest: FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE #0: Tue Jan 3 07:15:25 UTC 2012 email@example.com:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC i386
- Virtual Box: 4.1.16 r78094
I am open to new suggestions to sharing as well. I would if possible prefer avoiding transferring files back and forth: it's not particularly efficient and always a source of confusing errors.
I am also open to changing systems. I like the philosophy of freebsd, but if it does not work, I have no qualms about moving to a linux.
This question is now purely of theoretical interest. I switch to using Ubuntu Server and managed to set it up without samba since vboxsf is well supported.