virtualbox queston

Tom Masterson kd7cyu at
Mon Nov 16 23:08:10 UTC 2009

I've played with rdp under gnome and had no luck connecting to the guest 
though in theory it should work.  I'll continue trying to get it to set up 
ssh properly.  I have done some with qemu and the only problem I am having 
there is getting it to work with the internet but that is also probably a 
setup problem.


On Mon, 16 Nov 2009, Chris Brannon wrote:

> Jennifer wrote:
>> I use virtual box at work. I created my virtual machine using Debian lenny,
>> then upgraded to Debian Unstable. I use windows with Virtual box, and find
>> NVDA reads better than jaws, but it doesn't read everything. Apparently you
>> can also access and control virtual box from the command line.
>> If you want to simply open virtual box and start a virtual machine that is
>> already set up could you or someone else not write a script to do that?
> This topic was batted around on the Speakup list last spring.
> Here's a link to the final message in the thread:
> I don't believe that anyone really presented a solid method for
> interacting with a guest OS via the command line.
> Here are the options for communicating with a guest running under
> vbox-headless.
> * RDP.  This one is probably not workable from the console.  AFAIK,
> there are no command-line RDP clients.
> * ssh.  Requires that sshd is running and properly configured in the guest.
> * Serial console.  You might be able to use a modem program like c-kermit
> or minicom to communicate with the emulated serial port.
> I've done this in bochs.  You have to tell the emulator to redirect
> the emulated serial port to a pseudo-terminal device.  Then, connect
> to the pseudo-terminal with your comm program.
> These days, I've been using qemu with the -curses option.  It works well
> from the console.  Older versions (prior to 0.10?) didn't support the curses
> interface.
> -- Chris
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