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Can't access VirtualBox shared folder
« on: December 29, 2019, 07:59:16 am »
Installed Peppermint on VirtualBox (6.1.0) running on Windows 10 - very smooth.
Next, installed VirtualBox Guest Additions, so that a new folder sf_lin-win started appearing to me after reboot.
However, when I tried to make that folder the Firefox download folder I got
Error opening directory '/media/sf_lin-win': Permission denied.

p.s. Should I inform I'm a Linux newbie?

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Re: Can't access VirtualBox shared folder
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2019, 03:04:08 pm »
Well... solved it by myself.
For the sake of other clueless newbies like me: what I did was just to add my username to group vboxsf, which is automatically created by VirtualBox.

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sudo usermod -aG vboxsf <username>
sudo reboot

Now, why on Hell (or Heaven, I'm not sure where) do Ubuntu-based distros perform so differently from one another?
What I did is not necessary on some... it's really confusing.

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Re: Can't access VirtualBox shared folder
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2019, 01:30:23 am »
Well... solved it by myself.
For the sake of other clueless newbies like me: what I did was just to add my username to group vboxsf, which is automatically created by VirtualBox.

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sudo usermod -aG vboxsf <username>
sudo reboot

Now, why on Hell (or Heaven, I'm not sure where) do Ubuntu-based distros perform so differently from one another?
What I did is not necessary on some... it's really confusing.

Yes all you have to do is add yourself to VirtualBox users in
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Menu/System/Users and Groups
Choose
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Manage Groups
Scroll down to
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vboxusers
Then
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Left Click Properties
Tick the box under
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Group MembersThe one next to your usermame

Click OK

Pop in your Password and click OK

Reboot your system and fire up Virtualbox and then you can add external devices.  :)
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