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Old 07-15-2005, 10:03 AM   #1
aztrix
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KDEInit could not launch '/usr/bin/vmware'


Howzit Folks?

Since I upgraded from SuSE 9.2 to 9.3 I receive the following error message when trying to run VMware 5.0:

Quote:
KDEInit could not launch '/usr/bin/vmware'
This was never a problem previously but is proving to be a regular pain in the ...

At the moment I can only run VMware is as root which I'm loath to do especially since I'm running Windows XP as the guest OS.

I've searched the web extensively and am yet to find a solution. If anyone can assist me or direct me to a site that has a solution I'd be most appreciative.

Cheers
Aztrix
 
Old 07-15-2005, 10:39 AM   #2
Half_Elf
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I'm not sure to understand... you can't start VmWare in KDE using a shortcut, but it does work as root, is that it?

First start vmware from a console. When a program can't start, it usually generates noisy output in console, so you might get an idea why it isn't starting.
Second, I think you were somewhat asking if there was a way to run it as user, right? VmWare doesn't have to be run as root unless there a "problem" (notice the quote) about your system. Do you have to use root because the VMware directory and virtual disks are only writable by root? Or are you using a "real" physical windoze installation, so you use mounted Fat32 filesystem that aren't writable by users? Or is your VmWare workstation start the /etc/init.d/vmware script automatically when you start the VmWare workstation (this is the only part that "really" need root to be run)? Find out why you have to use root and so I'll tell you how to change this.
 
Old 07-15-2005, 12:14 PM   #3
aztrix
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Howzit half_elf?

Thanks for the prompt response which gave me the hint I needed i.e. to run in console and get messages.

For the record here's what I did and the solution I used,

1. Run VMware in console:
Quote:
aztrix:~> vmware;echo RESULT=$?
bash: /usr/bin/vmware: Permission denied
RESULT=126
2. Checked permissions for /usr/bin/vmware which had group specified as "trusted" (and obviously I can't be )

3. Changed group permissions for /usr/bin/vmware from "trusted" to "users"

4. Run VMware in console again:
Quote:
aztrix:~> vmware;echo RESULT=$?
RESULT=0
Voila, cookin with gas.

Cheers
Aztrix
 
Old 07-15-2005, 12:17 PM   #4
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