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Old 12-19-2006, 05:43 PM   #1
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Unhappy Botched Install VMware on Knoppix


I have a HDD install of knoppix, onto which I'm installing VMware player.
I try apt-get but it's not listed. So I download the tar.gz from the VMware site and use kpackage to install. Only it says that installpkg is missing (this should have set some alarm bells off, I realy don't know what I was thinking at the time) so then I download the RPM and use "alien -i -c vmware.rpm" (annother mistake, the -c option realy could have totaly bunged my system). This stalls my computer halfway through, no mouse, no other vurtual terminals, not even capslock works. After restarting, I try aliening the slackware package ( without the -c option). This produces a nice DEB file, except me being me I load the wrong .deb file it gets half way and complains of an unexpected end of file. I now have about half of VMware installed, which I can't uninstall becuse it gives the error: "VMware needs to be uninstalled but the arcive can't be found" I get this error whenver I try to install anything even when using apt-get or dpkg --purge.

So, my problem is two fold a) how do I get rid of the half of VMware I have, or at least remove it from the package database and b) what's the best way of installing VMware on Debian/Knoppix?

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Old 12-20-2006, 10:24 AM   #2
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Get the version and the any-any-update from here:
http://maledivenhilfe.com/dl/vmware/

There is no .deb package, you have to use install from source.
 
Old 12-20-2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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Nice to know, but that dosen't realy help me with Kpakage refusing to install anything untill vmware is removed. My first problem is getting rid of the vmware I have currently.
 
Old 12-20-2006, 11:42 PM   #4
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As root, try running locate vmware | xargs rm -rf. That will delete everything dealing with VMware from your hard drive.
 
Old 12-21-2006, 02:23 PM   #5
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Excelent. That's much better that the convaluted plan I had in mind, which was to make an empty tar, make dpkg to think that this was an 'upgrade' for VMware, then remove it using this tar as the archive it couldn't find. This plan involved 2 rolls of chiken wire a cup of spit and an unplesent religious type with a mallet.
I shall give that a go once I get home (the locate command, I'll keep the guy with the mallet on standby though).
 
Old 12-22-2006, 01:29 AM   #6
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No juice, locate just warned me that the cache db was 8 days old. I will try using the gui unstead and post back.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 04:30 PM   #7
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Then try updatedb and locate vmware | xargs rm -rf as root.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 04:38 PM   #8
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And I totally forgot to address the second question you posed. I'd say the best way to install it would be to download the RPM from the VMware website then convert it to a .deb with Alien (alien -dv VMware*rpm), then install it with dpkg.
 
Old 12-23-2006, 01:57 AM   #9
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I finaly worked it out! using the command:
dpkg --purge --force-remove-reinstreq vmwareplayer
will forcably remove the entrys in the database and any assosiated files it can find (although I'd already got rid of those)
I will now use qemu (I can apt-get it, no messing about with alien)

thanks for your help everybody.

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Old 12-23-2006, 02:55 AM   #10
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And I totally forgot to address the second question you posed. I'd say the best way to install it would be to download the RPM from the VMware website then convert it to a .deb with Alien (alien -dv VMware*rpm), then install it with dpkg.
NO trying to use alien on an rpm is what got him in trouble to begin with. The vmplayer/server source package installs and runs just fine on Debian.

Glad you finally figured it out, qemu is ok, but Vmware tends to run a little better.
 
  


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