Error building main Guest Additions Module while installing VirtualBox guest additions

Posted by Praveen Sripati on Ask Ubuntu See other posts from Ask Ubuntu or by Praveen Sripati
Published on 2012-10-21T13:05:47Z Indexed on 2012/10/30 17:20 UTC
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I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 Guest on Ubuntu 12.04 Host using VirtualBox. Everything is from repository and no direct install. When I install the guest additions, the below error is shown in the console. Before running the command I mapped the VBoxGuestAdditions.iso in the Guest.

The closest I could get is this article which says to install the latest version of VirtualBox (not the one from the repository). Is there any alternate solution?

sudo ./

Verifying archive integrity... All good.  
Uncompressing VirtualBox 4.1.12 Guest Additions for Linux.........  
VirtualBox Guest Additions installer  
Removing installed version 4.1.12 of VirtualBox Guest Additions...  
Removing existing VirtualBox DKMS kernel modules ...done.  
Removing existing VirtualBox non-DKMS kernel modules ...done.  
Building the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules  
The headers for the current running kernel were not found. If the following  
module compilation fails then this could be the reason.

Building the main Guest Additions module!  
(Look at /var/log/vboxadd-install.log to find out what went wrong)  
Doing non-kernel setup of the Guest Additions ...done.  
Installing the Window System drivers  
Warning: unknown version of the X Window System installed.  Not installing  
X Window System drivers.  
Installing modules ...done.  
Installing graphics libraries and desktop services components ...done.

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