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Old 12-02-2005, 07:10 PM   #1
Registered: Apr 2002
Location: Chicago, IL
Distribution: Mandriva 2009.0 PowerPack x86_64
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problem running VMWare on Linux

I have VMWare 5.5, it was working fine, but now when I start it I get the following error:
Cannot get temporary directory for log file.

VMware Workstation Error:
VMware Workstation unrecoverable error: (vmui)
Cannot get temporary directory for log file.
Please request support.
To collect files to submit to VMware support, run vm-support.
We will respond on the basis of your support entitlement.

It runs fine as root but I get this error when running it under my own profile. Can someone tell me why am I getting this error?
Old 12-02-2005, 08:03 PM   #2
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Im guessing vmware should use /tmp/ as a temporary storage.. If youve tampered with its permissions, it might be possible only root has access there. (Tho in this case all other apps would be haywire too)

Have you got any idea where your vmware keeps its temporary files? Are the directories for you virtual machines fully owned by your user? Make sure they are.

cd /home/user/myVM
chown -R user ./
If you havnt messed around with the permissions, that oughta make sure all the files in your vm are owned by you. If youve run the same vm as root, it is likely that some directories / files have changed owners and are now off-limits for your user.
Old 12-02-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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My problem is, I cannot figure out what "temporary directory" it is complaining about.
I have checked the following:
echo $TMPDIR = /home/whobbie/tmp
ls -lad /tmp = drwxrwxrwt 11 root root 4096 Nov 30 19:40 /tmp/
ls -lad /tmp/vmware-* = drwx------ 2 whobbie users 4096 Nov 24 09:38 /tmp/vmware-whobbie/
ls -lad /home/whobbie/tmp = drwx------ 6 whobbie users 4096 Nov 25 09:44 /home/whobbie/tmp/


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