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Installing optional package

asked 2015-11-24 10:40:58 -0500

Malte gravatar image

I am running Sage 6.9 (notebook) on a Windows 10 machine via VirtualBox (Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 5.0.10 r104061, GUI-based).

For some purpose I need the "database_gap" extension package which has to be installed separately. This, however, is a huge problem to me. I tried to implement every piece of advice I could find in this forum or elsewhere on the internet. First, I typed install_package(package="database_gap") into the notebook and was told to use the shell prompt instead (Run 'sage -i database_gap' from a shell prompt instead). I then used the Windows command line to access the folder of virtualbox (C:/program files/Oracle/virtualbox) and typed in just that. Syntax error ("Command doesn't exist"). I then tried several variations, e.g. I put in the word VBoxManage at the beginning of the command, replaced Sage by Sage-6.9 and database_gap by database_gap-4.7.8 (which is the actual name of the package folder which I downloaded). Nothing worked.

Surely a sophisticated piece of software such as Sage will offer a more obvious and user-friendly way to install optional packages. But what exactly must I do? I seek your advice and kindly ask for some sort of help that can be understood even by those who are not computer experts (like me).

Thanks, Malte

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answered 2015-11-25 07:21:53 -0500

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You should run the sage -i database_gap command from a Linux terminal within VirtualBox. You can get one such terminal by clicking on Ctrl + F1from the VirtualBox desktop, see

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answered 2015-11-24 11:21:06 -0500

You should use the command line of the linux in the virtual box. Windows does not know anything about what is inside the virtual machine.

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answered 2015-11-25 08:45:43 -0500

Malte gravatar image

Thank you very much, both of you. It works now. Usually I am not quite as stupid as I am probably appearing now, but yesterday I really could not find the command terminal within VirtualBox. Maybe there was some confusion in the configuration of the keyboard within the the virtual machine, because I could swear Ctrl + F1 did not start the terminal then. But today it does. As I couldn't start that the terminal yesterday I slowly came to the (wrong) conclusion that it doesn't exist, which is why I resorted to the Windows command line instead.

Thank you very much indeed.


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