VMWare Workstation 6.5.4 with Linux kernel

While testing out Slackware64 13.1, I found that VMWare Workstation doesn’t like kernel

Installing VMWare workstation from the bundle worked fine, but it won’t run because the VMWare modules don’t compile.  Running vmware-modconfig –console –install-all gives the cryptic message: “gcc and kernel headers must be installed.”

Um, gcc and the kernel headers are installed!

After a little digging, I found this VMware Fusion 3 on Mac OSX howto posted by Chris Willing at The University of Queensland Visilab: http://www.vislab.uq.edu.au/howto/vmware.html

This gave me my first clue: the files autoconf.h and utsrelease.h have moved from include/linux to include/generated.  As much as I hate to hack my kernel source, I opted to link these files in include/linux.

cd /usr/src/linux/include/linux/
ln -sf ../generated/autoconf.h .
ln -sf ../generated/utsrelease.h .

Now vmware-modconfig –console –install-all runs, but fails on compiling the vmnet stuff:

/tmp/vmware-root/modules/vmnet-only/vnetUserListener.c:240: error: ‘TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE’ undeclared (first use in this function)

To fix this, I found the define for TASK_INTERUPTABLE (in /usr/src/linux/include/linux/sched.h). Now, to tell vnetUserListener.c about it:

cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/
cp vmnet.tar was_vmnet.tar
cd ~/tmp
tar xf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmnet.tar
cd vmnet-only
In vnetUserListener,c, add the line:
#include "vnetInt.h"
cd ..
tar cf vmnet.tar vmnet-only
mv vmnet.tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Now vmware-modconfig –console –install-all dies on the vmci stuff.  As Chris Willing noted in the VMware Fusion 3 on Mac OSX (see above), adding a line to pgtbl.h fixes this:

cd /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/
 cp vmci.tar was_vmci.tar
 cd ~/tmp
 tar xf /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/vmci.tar
 cd vmci-only/include
In pgtbl.h, add the line:
#include "compat_page.h"
cd ../..
tar cf vmci.tar vmci-only
mv vmci.tar /usr/lib/vmware/modules/source/

Finally, it all compiles and we have a working VMWare Workstation install!

7 thoughts on “VMWare Workstation 6.5.4 with Linux kernel”

  1. Thanks for this, it was timely. I had the same problem but the links were all that was required for my 13.1 32-bit install. It is appreciated that you took the time to publish your notes.

  2. thanks for the post, but I’m having an error of “Unable to start services. See log file /tmp/vmware-root/setup-19340”

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