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Old 06-06-2003, 11:51 PM   #1
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problem installing vmware...

Ok, heres the scoop. I Just installed rh9 tonight. Im trying to install vmware, so i downloaded the rpm, installed it, when to run it but said need to run config file, so i did, it said it couldnt find some pre-built module to work with my kernal or something like that, so it attempted to build on using the gcc...

i got that far, then i got this message:

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/usr/src/linux/include]

I tried [/usr/src/linux/include], but that doesnt exist, i asked a friend who told me i need to install the source or something.

If someone could please walk me through what i need to do, i'd really appreciate it!

Thank You!

(Sorry about my earlier post, i failed to explain this detail in it, cuz i was in a hurry..)
Old 06-08-2003, 11:49 AM   #2
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Hi, try this one:

type: redhat-config-packages then check if you have installed the kernel development and if you don't have installed ,install the package and try again
with the same location of the directory of C header files [/usr/src/linux/include]


Old 06-29-2003, 11:13 AM   #3
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I finally got the Vmware "C Header File" problem fixed. So everybody out there having the same problem, listen up. This was in RH9, by the way.

in /usr/src if there is not a /linux.2.4 or /linux.2.4.20-8 or something of that nature, then you MUST install the kernel development tools. This will install the kernel-source correctly. I tried just installing the kernel-source rpm, but it didnt work.

for you newbies, you can find the "add-remove applications" under system settings and run that. it's a nice graphical tool. scroll down and check the kernel development. fyi: you will need disk 2 and 3 if you are in RH9.

after you install that, head back to the /usr/src and you will see you a couple new folders. head into the /usr/src/linux.2.4.20-8/include and you will see all the good stuff that vmware is looking for, like the asm, net, and linux.

so when it asks, where are the c header files? [/usr/src/linux/include]

obviously that is not the right place, just type in the path correctly, and you will be rockin! hope that helps!


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