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Old 04-11-2005, 05:52 AM   #1
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Installing VMtools on SuSE 9.2

Hi Guys,

Im having a bit of trouble installing VMtools onto my Linuxz guest OS. ok so i figured out the majority of how to manually install VMtools, i have installed "kernel-source" "binutils" "gcc" & "make" but right at the end it comes back with this message:

"the filesystem driver (vmhgfs module) is used only for the shared folder feature. the rest of the software provided by VMtools is designed to work independantly of the feature.
if you wish to have the shared folders feature, you can install the driver by running again after making sure that gcc, binutils, make and the kernel sources (which i have done) for you running kernel are installed on you machine.
these packages are available on your distribution's installation cd {press enter to continue}

detected xfree86 version .0.0.0.

problem extracting version of xfree 4

execution aborted"
(end of text)

i then found out that there was a problem with a Kstrdup string among one of the files so i then found this solution

"This is because the function 'kstrdup' in the vmware-tools source (in the vmhgfs module) is conflicting with the function 'kstrdup' in the Linux kernel source, in mm/slab.c , drivers/md/dm-ioctl.c , and a few other places.

To work around this error, you need to modify the vmware-tools source a little bit.

- Find the file vmhgfs.tar and untar it:

cd modules/source
cp vmhgfs.tar vmhgfs.tar.old
tar xvf vmhgfs.tar
cd vmhgfs-only

- in main.c main.h and driver.c , replace the string 'kstrdup' with something unique, like 'vmkstrdup'.

Then tar it back up, remove your old temprary files and re-run the tool again:

cd ..
tar cf vmhgfs.tar vmhgfs-only
rm -rf vmhgfs-only"
(end of text)

only i have no idea how to edit those files to replace the string, i cant seem to get hold of the guy who wrote this to give me any information, and i have even been onto VMware website but they are no help, so your my last chance of saving my hair before i rip it all out.
and if someone could put this as simply as possible that would really help, as would a link of some kind.

thanking you in advance

Old 04-12-2005, 03:18 PM   #2
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It can be made to work. However my experience is that it behaves quite badly.
My best recommendation is to samba export your host drive and get to it
via smb from inside of your virtual machine.

I do not recommend using hgfs with SUSE 9.2.
Old 04-12-2005, 03:20 PM   #3
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I'm referring to VMware 4.5.2 of course... it might work alright in 5.0. And I believe it works fine on SUSE 8.2...

The bad combo is:

SUSE 9.2 (unsupported by VMware 4.5.x)
+ VMware 4.5.2 + hgfs


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