ok here's the deal

I'm running vagrant(ubunttu 12.10) on top of windows 8 but everytime I try to create a virtualenv (python) from within my non nfs shared folder I get a 'Protocol error', turns out that virtualbox does not allow sym-linking by default but one can use this to enable it per share

VBoxInternal2/SharedFoldersEnableSymlinksCreate/SHARE_NAME", "1"

the thing is that the latest vagrant no longer accepts a 'name/alias' for my shares, how am I supposed to refer to it from that setting? if my share is /var/www ?

# # Use VBoxManage to customize the VM. For example to change memory: # vb.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", "1024"] # end # # View the documentation for the provider you're using for more # information on available options.

vb.customize ["setextradata", :id, "VBoxInternal2/SharedFoldersEnableSymlinksCreate/SHARE_NAME", "1"]

any help will be appreciated.


I answered this question in a different context on Stackoverflow: https://stackoverflow.com/a/21450513/1867779

Here's the summary, assuming Vagrant is making /vagrant the shared folder:

config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb|
  vb.customize ["setextradata", :id, "VBoxInternal2/SharedFoldersEnableSymlinksCreate//vagrant","1"]
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    I know this is serverfault but this is a perfect example of a still open, and valid, question that we need to show to all the SO haters... Similar question, answer in two spots.. but question and context is different, and so the question is still open 6+ months later. Have an upvote. – SgtPooki Feb 9 '15 at 1:58
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    Thanks. I think this is one of those DevOps questions, which intersects across programming, system configuration, and IT. No matter how much ontology people bicker about, I think mutual exclusion cannot be guaranteed between any two StackExchanges. – Bryan Feb 15 '15 at 5:59
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    It seems that current versions of Vagrant automatically add this configuration. When I check it with VBoxManage.exe getextradata Vagrant_minion_1468000220278_59592 enumerate, all shared folders have this flag even without adding it in Vagrantfile. – Simon A. Eugster Jul 8 '16 at 18:01
  • Instead, vagrant needs to be run as Administrator on Windows: vagrantup.com/docs/synced-folders/smb.html – Simon A. Eugster Jul 8 '16 at 18:10
  • SMB is one type of synced folder which only works on Windows. Handy to know using type: "smb" takes some of the effort out, but it is highly limited in its use: i.e. Windows only. – Bryan Sep 18 '16 at 21:58

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