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Old 07-30-2012, 05:15 PM   #1
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Need help installing VMware tools on backtrack 5 R2 virtual machine

Hello I'm in desperate need of help installing VMware tools in an installation of Backtrack 5 r2
on a virtual machine. So I ran the following commands to install the tools.

cd /media/Vmware\ Tools/

cp Vmwaretools-8.9.1-646321.tar.gz /tmp
cd /tmp
tar -xf Vmwaretools-8.9.1-646321.tar.gz

cd vmware-tools-distrib/



And ran command

But when i Try to finish the installation and configure the tools
I always get the same error.
This is the sequence of what i see before I get the error.

the vmware filesystem sync driver allows external third-party backup
software that is integrated with vsphere to create backups of the virtual machine. Do you wish to enable this feature [no]= default hit enter

Before you can compile modules, you need to have the following installed

Kernel headers of the running machine

Gcc binary detected at/usr/bin/gcc
the path appears to be valid
would you like to change it?[no]=
default hit enter

valid kernel header path detected at
the path appears to be valid
would you like to change it[no]=
default hit enter

The module vmxnet3 has already been
installed and wont be modified by this installer use the flag --clobber-Kernel-modules=vmxnet to override

The module pvsci has already been
installed and wont be modified by this installer use the flag --clobber-Kernel-modules=pvscs1 to override

the module vmmemctl has already been
installed and wont be modified by this installer use the flag --clobber-Kernel-module=vmmemctl to override

the vmware host-guest filesystem allows for shared folders between the host OS and the guest OS in a fusion or workstation virtual environment. Do you wish to enable this feature[yes]= default hit enter

VMware automatic kernel modules enables automatic building and installation of VMware kernel modules at boot they are not already present. Enable? [no]=default hit enter

and finally i get this error and VMware tools are aborted

Unable to create symlink "/etc/cups/ppd/vmware_Virtual_Printer.ppd" pointing to file "/usr/lib/vmware-tools/configurator/thinprint.ppd".

I have tried enabling virtual printer and got the error and also I tried disabling it with same result.
I have even tried deleting the Virtual printer completely from the VM options with same result ,Nor do I even have a printer connected to my computer at all. I also don't have access to the GUI interface installer,just command line also there is no option to extract the files only the option to open with and I always type tar.Is there something else I should type to get the Gui installer?

Please any help with be a life saver


Last edited by hellbender; 07-30-2012 at 05:20 PM.
Old 07-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #2
John VV
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Backtrack ASSUMES that YOU can port the bt4 tutorial to BT5
and do this using a DIFFERENT VM environment

see the old bt4 tutorial
if YOU can not port this then you probably should NOT be using BT

look at installing Linux Mint
Old 11-15-2012, 01:14 AM   #3
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[QUOTE=John VV;4741684]
if YOU can not port this then you probably should NOT be using BT

Maybe BT should assume less... after all we know what happens when we ass-u-me.
FYI I am a newbie and running BT not because it's cool or because I'm a super geek and wanna hack shit, but because after trying 3 different builds this one WORKS. My lap top is a POS I can't afford to replace, and reading people's comments about how stupid newbs are is getting annoying. So please if you can, try not to assume much about a newbie and their build choice.


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