Sailfish: Installing alpha2 SDK together with VirtualBox 4.3

[note: As correctly pointed out by Juha and hinted by me, the alpha3 SDK shipped just days later and this post does not apply to that.]

I was trying out a few things around Jolla’s Sailfish SDK today and I noticed something:

The recently published VirtualBox 4.3 has changed its command line tool arguments and broke the SDK installation process.

Error during installation process (org.merproject.emulator):
Execution failed(Unexpected exit code: 1): "/usr/bin/VBoxManage storagectl SailfishOS Emulator --name SATA --add sata --controller IntelAhci --bootable on  --sataportcount 1"

If you run that command manually you’ll get the following error message:

VBoxManage: error: Unknown option: --sataportcount

The new option seems to be –portcount in 4.3.

There are two ways to work around this:

  • Install/downgrade VirtualBox 4.2, install Sailfish SDK alpha2, upgrade VirtualBox to 4.3


  • When the error message comes up (once for MerSDK once for Emulator), open VirtualBox:
    • Open “Settings” of the corresponding virtual machine
    • Go to “Storage”
    • Add “SATA” controller
    • Press “OK” to close settings
    • Press “ignore” in the SDK installer

I hear this is already fixed for the next SDK version, coming out soon™.


One thought on “Sailfish: Installing alpha2 SDK together with VirtualBox 4.3

  1. Juha Kallioinen

    Hi, found this blog post today and wanted to make a note here in case someone sees it and thinks this is still the case.

    The update to the SailfishOS SDK was released 22-Oct-2013, just two days after this post and the delay was in part caused by the installer incompatibility with the recent VirtualBox 4.3 release.

    The installer version “1310” no longer applies the sataportcount or portcount parameters to the virtual machines.