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Everything installed fine under Ubuntu 8.04 when I installed things on the first machine in May.
Now, I'm trying to get things set up the same way on another, virtually identical machine hardware-wise. I even used my original 8.04 CD.
In following falko's article on HowToForge.com, when I get part way through the VMWare installation it says:
"Your kernel was built with "gcc" version "4.2.3", while you are trying to use "/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.2.4". This configuration is not recommended and VMware Server may crash if you'll continue. Please try to use exactly same compiler as one used for building your kernel. Do you want to go with compiler "/usr/bin/gcc" version "4.2.4" anyway? [no]
I don't remember if I got this message in May or not. If I say "no", the installation aborts right there. If I say "yes" then it proceeds but as I get near the end then it aborts with:
"The installation of the VMware VmPerl Scripting API succeeded.
Generating SSL Server Certificate
Unable to get the last modification timestamp of the destination file
I've done two complete Ubuntu reinstalls but the same thing happens. Is it possible that there is a bit of a netinstall feature to the live CD such that it goes out for some files rather than installing just from the CD?
I should add that my original Ubuntu 8.04 machine continues to work fine even when I do a kernel update and have to re-run install-config.pl. I get that message about gcc 4.2.4 but I say "yes" and it goes through fine.
I re-burned the CD and ran the media check but it says that it's ok.
I may go ahead and do a re-install again. If I do, I'll do a complete update before I try to install VMWare.
No need to reinstall, just do the updates.
I think what was happening is that the kernel you are running was compiled with gcc 4.2.4, but your installed gcc is 4.2.3
This doesn't matter, as long as you are not compiling anything.
A simple "update" should fix that (by removing gcc 4.2.3 and installing 4.2.4 and maybe fixing up some other stuff as well).
Then the compile should work.
Let us know how you get on.