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I'm running debian etch RC4 in VMWare on top of windows. As part of VMware, one is supposed to install something called vmware-tools.
The installation script for vmware tools is posing the question below. I checked and don't have such a directory. How should I respond to this question?
What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
Kernel sources, by definition are at /lib/modules/`uname -r`/source/include. However, if you didn't compile the kernel yourself, then there is no-one at that address. What you have to do is install the linux-headers package for your kernel. Probably "linux-headers-2.6.18-3", since it's etch.
Last edited by Quakeboy02; 03-16-2007 at 08:27 PM.
To install the kernel headers, you can apt-get install linux-headers-`(uname -r)` and they'll be installed in /usr/src/linux-headers-<your_kernel_version>. (If, for example, you want to use the proprietary nvidia installer, you'll need the headers.)
To get the source for the entire kernel, you can apt-get install linux-source and apt will grab the source for your currently running kernel. Installing this package just dumps a tarball (for example, "linux-source-2.6.18.tar.bz2") into /usr/src. You have to extract it yourself. (If, for example, you want to recompile your kernel, you'll need the sources.)
The headers get installed in /usr/src/linux-headers-xxxx. Follow eco2geek's first sample command. There will actually be two packages installed, one called "linux-headers-2.6.18" the other called "linux-headers-2.6.18-xxxx", the latter depends on the current running kernel.
The headers are used to compile drivers against the current running kernel, the source is used for compiling a kernel, (normally).