VirtualBox Kernel Modules Won’t Compile with Linux 4.14.24

This morning, I tried to run VirtualBox on my workstation–running Slackware64 Current–at work and found that the kernel modules were not installed. Knowing that I had upgraded the kernel (to 4.14.24) this morning, I tried to build the modules:

cd /usr/src/vboxhost-5.2.8

and got a horrible message (and feeling -):

/opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxhost/vboxdrv/Makefile.include.header:141: *** Error: unable to find the headers of the Linux kernel to build against. Specify KERN_VER= (currently 4.14.24) and run Make again.  Stop.
make[1]: Leaving directory '/opt/VirtualBox/src/vboxhost/vboxdrv'
make: *** [Makefile:49: all] Error 2

I tried replacing the kernel source (the Slackware package) with source from I still got the same error.  As of yet, I have no idea what the exact issue is, but I’ll keep poking around (when I get the time).  For now, I’m back to running Slackware 14.2.

Update: The answer to this is on Linux Questions:!!

So, kudos to mralk3! (I guess this could be viewed as a bug in the Slackware package: kernel-modules-4.14.24-x86_64-1, but I won’t say that out loud -)

I did have to replace the new Kernel source I downloaded with the Slackware Package: kernel-huge-4.14.24-x86_64-1

UPDATE 2018-03-09 — Well, the good folks at Slackware have released an updated kernel-modules package with the links fixed: /kernel-modules-4.14.24-x86_64-2.txz! Happy Daze!

UPDATE 2018-03-12 — Both the superseded Linux-modules-4.14.25 and the (as of now) current Linux-modules-2.14.26 have the correct links and the VirtualBox modules build with no errors. Yay!

UPDATE 2018-03-16 — Today linux-modules-4.14.27 landed and it, too, works jest fine with VirtualBox.

Happy Slacking!

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