[Pkg-virtualbox-devel] Bug#600939: virtualbox-ose-dkms: modules not built properly on kernel upgrade to 2.6.32-5

Jon Daley debian at jon.limedaley.com
Thu Oct 21 16:48:43 UTC 2010

Package: virtualbox-ose-dkms
Version: 3.2.8-dfsg-2
Severity: important

I think (based on the virtualbox forums) that this bug belongs to the debian packager 
of the linux source, but I'm not sure where to report it, so I'm hoping you can forward 
it if appropriate.

I upgraded my kernel today:
linux-headers-2.6.32-5-686 2.6.32-23 -> 2.6.32-25

And rebooted and the dkms stuff failed to rebuild, citing:

vboxdrv: Trying to deactivate the NMI watchdog permanently...
vboxdrv: Successfully done.
vboxdrv: Found 2 processor cores.
supdrvGipCreate: failed to allocate the GIP page. rc=-8

I ran m-a a-i virtualbox-ose-source and that also failed, with only the same error as 

This appears to be the same issue, though with a different kernel version:

The VB guy says it is the Debian kernel packager's fault, that the -5 should really 
have been changed to a -6.

Similar to this, although I don't get the same error as this guy did:

deleting and purging the virtualbox-ose-modules package did not help.

Then I uninstalled everything virtualbox-* except for virtualbox-ose, and everything 
rebuilt properly.

I suspect that simply reinstalling the virtualbox-ose-dkms would have fixed the 

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (700, 'testing'), (600, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=ANSI_X3.4-1968) (ignored: LC_ALL set to C)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages virtualbox-ose-dkms depends on:
ii  dkms                  Dynamic Kernel Module Support Fram

virtualbox-ose-dkms recommends no packages.

virtualbox-ose-dkms suggests no packages.

-- no debconf information

More information about the Pkg-virtualbox-devel mailing list