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Old 04-10-2006, 09:55 AM   #1
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Kernel header files

I'm trying to install VMware Workstation and it's asking me this:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]
Appearantly I didn't have the kernel header files so I downloaded "kernel-devel-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.i686.rpm" because that's what matches my kernel. So, at the prompt I enter this as the directory for the header files:

This is the right directory, but I get this message:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include] /usr/src/kernels/2.6.15-1.2054_FC5-i686/include/

The kernel defined by this directory of header files does not have the same
address space size as your running kernel.
I don't get it...
Old 04-10-2006, 11:18 AM   #2
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Which version of VMware Workstation???

Have you downloaded, extracted and used the latest vmware-any-any-update??
Old 04-10-2006, 03:33 PM   #3
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yea it's just a configure script screwup
try the latest one or you can fix it yourself
here is the patch
Old 04-10-2006, 09:22 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Before downloading the first link, I went through yum-entender and downloaded everything in the "update" section. It seemed to fix it and I was able to build the module for my kernel. Thanks.
Old 07-09-2006, 04:42 PM   #5
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Verified that the vmware-any-any-update works like a charm on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) upgraded to the 2.6.17 kernel.

- unzipped the vmware-any... util
- ran the ''
- this patched and launched the kernel/builder script
- per output below, all looks good
- launched vmware 5.5 workstation, woohoo, it runs
- downloaded and launched damn small linux
- groovy, thanks guys


make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.17'
cp -f vmnet.ko ./../vmnet.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config0/vmnet-only'
The module loads perfectly in the running kernel.

Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor done
Virtual ethernet done
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet1 (background) done
Host-only networking on /dev/vmnet8 (background) done
NAT service on /dev/vmnet8 done

The configuration of VMware Workstation 5.5.1 build-19175 for Linux for this
running kernel completed successfully.

You can now run VMware Workstation by invoking the following command:


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