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Old 11-28-2003, 11:33 AM   #1
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U need to have a c compiler.... What is that?

Trying to install and configure vmware

Get this error

"None of VMware Workstation's pre-built vmmon modules is suitable for your
running kernel. Do you want this program to try to build the vmmon module for
your system (you need to have a C compiler installed on your system)? [yes]"

i use suse linux 9.0

What am i to do?
Old 11-28-2003, 11:41 AM   #2
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have you tried typing yes yet? :P
Old 11-28-2003, 11:58 AM   #3
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yes might be the best choise indeed

but serious. The installer said than non of the binary programs are suitable for yur system
Therefore it want's to take the source-code, and build a suitable binary for your system.

so to answer your question:
in short a compiler is a program which can build a binary(a program) from source-code(programming code, like C, C++ and such)

every linux distro has such a compiler installed by default, as far as i know, so you should have it too(and otherwise, there is a copy on your installation disks.)

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Old 11-28-2003, 12:32 PM   #4
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Now i know ive got these compilers installed...

but it still wont work

What is the location of the "make" program on your machine? usr/bin/c<-- what to type here

Help pls...
Old 11-28-2003, 12:51 PM   #5
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What is going wrong? What are the errors?

you should just be able to ./configure && make && make install

That worked fine for me with VMware
Old 11-28-2003, 01:02 PM   #6
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Vmware is trying to build modules to match your existing kernel, so you will also need to have the kernel source code installed. Look for /usr/src/linux to see if it's installed, otherwise you'll have to find/install it. I'm not sure how suse handles packages, but there may be a package called 'linux- . . . -src.rpm' or linux- . . . -devel.tgz' or some hybrid of these names.

If you can't find a specific package, then type on the command line: 'uname -r'. This will tell you what version kernel you're running (let's assume that it's 2.4.20 for example). Next browse this link and click on the folder corresponding to your kernel (v2.4), then download the correct package (linux-2.4.20.tar.bz2). The kernel source package will be around 20-35 Mb in size, so you'd better have broadband. Move this package to /usr/src/ then decompress it with the command: 'tar -xjvf linux-2.4.20.tar.bz2'. Next create a symlink to the directory that is created in /usr/src (linux-2.4.20) with the following command: 'ln -s /usr/src/linux-2.4.20 /usr/src/linux'.

Now you should be able to complete the vmware install.

--- Cerbere

neurotic: when I installed vmware on Slack, I had to go through a rather roundabout method to deal with the BSD startup scripts, and my package had no './configure-make-make install' procedure, but a perl script that handled the install.

[edit] ullfrigg: when it asks for the location of your compiler, just hit enter to accept the default. [/edit]

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Old 11-28-2003, 02:05 PM   #7
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Nope.... Didnt work

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Old 11-29-2003, 04:19 AM   #8
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Unhappy Grrrrrrrr

I was too qick there... it dindnt work, and when trying i get this error:

"The path "/usr/bin/linux/net" is an existing directory, but it does not contain
at least one of these directories "linux", "asm", "net" as expected."

I have checked, and checked again, andt the directory "net" is there...

What am i doing wrong this time?
Old 11-29-2003, 03:14 PM   #9
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Hello Ullfrig (are you swedish?),

I had the same problem. However I did an install of the COMPLETE development software which is included in the Suse 9 package (use YaST to install additional software).
After that I had no problem with installing and running VMWare.

However......., now you have another challenge: untill now I didn't succeed in creating nor working with a virtual machine. I searched the whole Internet (nwah...) but the results didn''t make me happy:
1) VMWare doesn't support Suse 9 untill now. Check their site!
2) I found a discussion in German in which someone stated that he had running VMWare 4 in Suse 9, but only in VGA-modus, meaning 640x480 dots and only 16 colors. :-(

Next week I will try again together with a technician from my company. Maybe together we will find out what the problem is.

If u want 2 sent mail: English is OK, however Dutch, Swedish and German are also no problem.


Cas, Rijckholt, The Netherlands
Old 11-29-2003, 06:27 PM   #10
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Nei jeg er norsk


Thanks for the tip.

I will try installing all of the yast packages.

Pls tell me how it works out for you.

Best regards.


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