Makefile:183: *** Error: unable to find the sources of your current Linux kernel

Hello folks, recently I ran on this error while installing virtualbox on Red Hat 6. It will probably work for Oracle Linux/Centos as well. The reason you are receiving this error message is probably because of missing packages, such as kernel-devel, headers or gcc.

To solve this, open a terminal and logon as root (replace the kernel folder below in red according to your system):

# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv stop
# yum -y install kernel-devel
# yum -y install kernel-headers.x86_64
# yum -y install gcc.x86_64
# export KERN_DIR=/usr/src/kernels/2.6.32-573.26.1.el6.x86_64/
# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup
# /etc/init.d/vboxdrv start

Notice that if you still get errors, you’ll be able to troubleshoot them by simply reviewing the log generated every time you run the setup command.

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