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The 'kernel' package has the binary kernel files, and the 'kernel-devel' has the headers needed to build the VMWare module (or any kernel module). You only need the kernel source if you want to customize the kernel itself or apply a patch.
Thank you for your reply. I will just try it. Becuase for now i did
"yum kernel-devel" which showed me 2.6.16.xxx but my uname - says 2.6.15.xxx (no idea y.
but as you said they are different. so my kernel is still 2.6.15 but kernel-devel is 2.6.16. (rite?)
i think i will upgrade using the command u gave me.
yes i upgraded my kernel and kernel devel. But i still cant confiure vmare tools. I think i am gonna give on this. It still keeps asking for the C header files. By defualt it looks in /usr/bin/linux. I also made it look in /lib/...nuild/include (than there is a linux subdirectory holding the .h files. Still no luck.
it says something abt vmhgfs module first before asking for C header files.
well. i installed fedora again (Fresh install).
The patch says i have to type in terminal( ./runme) but i get an error " Unable to open the installer database /etc/vmware/locations in read-mode.
I was in root mode when i did it. Also i have perl installed.
One more thing when i go to add/remove software. i get the error "unable to retrieve software information". Actually this time i installed so many extra packages also" Last time i didnt have many packages and add/remove program just ran fine. So i dont know if its a bug.
I ran the script ./runme before and after installing the vmware tools but before configuring the tools ofcourse.
Still I tried to configure the vmware tools. It asked for the C Header files. I used your command to find the path and just had to append "/include" at the end of the path. Thats because it looks for a linux sub directory which is in the include folder.
But i get this error now:
The kernel defined by this directory of header files does not have the same
address space size as your running kernel.
And asks for the header files again.
yes i got it working. thank you so much. Actually i m have to work on debian but th dvds are taking too long to download. In the mean time i m working onfedora and mandriva 2006.
we have yum in fedora linux. Is urpmi the same thing in mandriva. Becuase i want tp upfate the kernel , kernel-headers and kernel source in manriva. Sorry for asking too many basic questions.
Hi again. Thanx for previous help. I have finally got debian running. I have same problem of c header files. i think i have the matching kernel header files but vmware doesnt seem to accept it.
I was wondering if i could install the latest kernel and headers for it. I used Yum and urpmi for redhat and mandrake. how do i do it in debian(apt -get install) reads cd rom rite or may be we can make it look for packages on some mirrors.
i think i can add some mirrors to source.list file.for e.g
(not sure which of the 2 to use.
i checked my kernel version and did apt-get install kernel-headers-2.4.xx-x. which made a directory /usr/src/kernel-2.4.xx-x/include.
But i still cant run vmware tools.
Could you help me with this please.
well it just tries to configure vmgfs and than asks for c header files. When i enter the kernel header files path, it says that it may compile but wont run in the running kernel (something like tht). and than asks for c header files again.