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WIP: nixos/vagrant-virtualbox-image: init #76071

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@zimbatm zimbatm commented Dec 19, 2019

Introduce a new vagrant profile

Build vagrant boxes directly out of nixos configurations instead of using packer like in nix-community/nixbox project.

This is untested for now as I don't have a virtualbox setup at the moment.

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Introduce a new vagrant profile
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This will ultimately replace the nix-community/nixbox project.

Change the configuration.nix to not include the installation ISO to
something like this:

{ config, lib, pkgs, modulesPath, ... }:
{ = false;
  documentation.nixos.enable = false;
  sound.enable = false;

See nix-community/nixbox#38

Depends on NixOS/nixpkgs#76071
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# 4. move the ovf to the fixed location
mv *.ovf box.ovf
# TODO: fix the checksum file instead of removing it
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@Mic92 Mic92 Apr 1, 2020

How is it computed?

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@zimbatm zimbatm Apr 1, 2020

I haven't looked into it, which is why it was easier to remove :)

Co-Authored-By: Jörg Thalheim <>
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@joseph-long joseph-long commented Oct 18, 2020

To test:

git clone --depth=1
cd ~/nixpkgs
git fetch --depth=1 origin pull/76071/head:vagrant-virtualbox-image
git checkout vagrant-virtualbox-image
nix-env -f -i
vim ex.nix


{ config, lib, pkgs, modulesPath, ... }:
{ = false;
  documentation.nixos.enable = false;
  sound.enable = false;
NIX_PATH=nixpkgs=~/nixpkgs/ nixos-generate -f vagrant-virtualbox -c ex.nix

Starting in Vagrant

$ vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'virtualbox' provider...
==> default: Box './' could not be found. Attempting to find and install...
    default: Box Provider: virtualbox
    default: Box Version: >= 0
==> default: Box file was not detected as metadata. Adding it directly...
==> default: Adding box './' (v0) for provider: virtualbox
    default: Unpacking necessary files from: file:///Users/josephlong/devel/dap_infrastructure/apphost/
==> default: Successfully added box './' (v0) for 'virtualbox'!
==> default: Importing base box './'...
==> default: Matching MAC address for NAT networking...
==> default: Setting the name of the VM: apphost_default_1603052536171_30324
==> default: Clearing any previously set network interfaces...
==> default: Preparing network interfaces based on configuration...
    default: Adapter 1: nat
==> default: Forwarding ports...
    default: 22 (guest) => 2222 (host) (adapter 1)
==> default: Booting VM...
There was an error while executing `VBoxManage`, a CLI used by Vagrant
for controlling VirtualBox. The command and stderr is shown below.

Command: ["startvm", "0ada89ef-4748-4756-b3b6-b449365884eb", "--type", "headless"]

Stderr: VBoxManage: error: Implementation of the USB 2.0 controller not found!
VBoxManage: error: Because the USB 2.0 controller state is part of the saved VM state, the VM cannot be started. To fix this problem, either install the 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' or disable USB 2.0 support in the VM settings.
VBoxManage: error: Note! This error could also mean that an incompatible version of the 'Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack' is installed (VERR_NOT_FOUND)
VBoxManage: error: Details: code NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005), component ConsoleWrap, interface IConsole

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@joseph-long joseph-long commented Oct 18, 2020

Starts after VBoxManage modifyvm c9a1e597-123b-4fdc-998a-a6f4cca03c29 --usb off, but missing passwordless sudo.

Rebuilt with a config including security.sudo.wheelNeedsPassword = false;, applied the same modifyvm command, and successfully booted!

It's not clear to me how to modify

--usb on --usbehci on --mouse usbtablet
to share code with this target without adding (imo) unnecessary USB and audio support

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@zimbatm zimbatm commented Oct 19, 2020

Awesome. Do you want to take this PR to the finish line?

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@joseph-long joseph-long commented Oct 19, 2020

My Nix-fu is weak, so I would appreciate some advice on how to make an acceptable modification to the existing virtualbox expression to make the usb and audio stuff optional. Some kind of map of options with defaults?

Alternatively, I could copy the guts of the virtualbox script into the vagrant virtualbox instead of including it. I’m worried it would be rejected for code duplication though 😄

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@joseph-long joseph-long commented Oct 20, 2020

It looks like be25539 took care of that for me. I'll update my PR to match.

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@zimbatm zimbatm commented Oct 20, 2020

Replaced by #101120

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