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Profile Michael H.W. Weber
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Message 342 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 14:05:14 UTC

So far you had to specifically use version 4.2.16 of VirtualBox to ensure proper function of our novel checkpointing approach. Now you may use any of the later versions - the bug is no more relevant for us.

Bislang mußtet ihr stets Version 4.2.16 von VirtualBox installieren, damit es zu keinen Problemen mit unserem neuen Checkpointing-Ansatz kam. Ab sofort könnt ihr auch alle neueren Versionen verwenden. Der Fehler ist behoben.

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Message 343 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 17:01:30 UTC - in response to Message 342.  

So far you had to specifically use version 4.2.16 of VirtualBox to ensure proper function of our novel checkpointing approach. Now you may use any of the later versions - the bug is no more relevant for us.

Bislang mußtet ihr stets Version 4.2.16 von VirtualBox installieren, damit es zu keinen Problemen mit unserem neuen Checkpointing-Ansatz kam. Ab sofort könnt ihr auch alle neueren Versionen verwenden. Der Fehler ist behoben.

Michael.

.. any of the later versions .. isn't right.

4.2.18 will not restore from snapshots, because primary master device is removed when taking a snapshot.
That is deadly for the long running RNA-tasks when you have to restore from a snapshot.
4.3 had issues also. I'm not sure, whether RNA suffers from that.

So to be on the safe side: Use VirtualBox version 4.2.16 or the newest at the moment 4.3.2.
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Message 344 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 23:23:32 UTC
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Crystal Pellet is correct.
4.2.16 will work for both.
4.2.18 and 4.3.0 will not work for RNA World or Test4Theory.
4.3.2 will work for RNA World, but not Test4Theory.

In fact, I believe vboxwrapper will blacklist 4.2.18 and 4.3.0, and send the user a Notice saying that they need to upgrade their VirtualBox.

4.3.2 works fine for RNA World. But if you are also attached to Test4Theory, then it is recommended to keep using 4.2.16 until Oracle VirtualBox Bug 12291 is resolved.

See here for details about the bugs that affect the various VirtualBox versions:
http://lhcathome2.cern.ch/test4theory/forum_thread.php?id=1364&postid=15560#15560

See here for details about the 4.3.2 bug that affects T4T but not RNA World:
https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/12291
... as of 11/13/2013, Frank says there is a fix checked in, and we'll hopefully see it in the next VirtualBox maintenance release.

Thanks,
Jacob
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