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Bug#865269: cloud.debian.org: Please provide an official contrib-stretch64 vagrant base box


On 21/06/17 at 17:00 +0200, Emmanuel Kasper wrote:
> > Debian has provided official vagrant base boxes in 2 flavors - one without the VirtualBox guest additions
> > and the other with the guest additions, since the Jessie release. With Stretch released a few days back,
> > only the base box without the guest additions is available. Please provide a contrib-stretch64 base box
> > with the guest additions.
> Thank your for your interest for the Vagrant Box with guest additions.
> The thing is that VirtualBox itself was removed from Stretch (but still
> available in unstable) at the request of the package maintainer, due to
> the difficulty of providing security fixes for stable releases.
> ( see https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=794466 )
> This means it is not possible to install the guest additions on a
> Stretch VM without first backporting the guest additions from unstable.
> IIRC using the non-free iso containing the guest additions bring another
> problem, is that the guest additions does not build inside the VM if the
> VM itself is not running inside Virtualbox. But we build the VMs using qemu.

What is the reason for not using VirtualBox to build the images? Is that
because of the need of a solution that can run inside another VM?


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