May 6, 2021

VMWare howto

To get VMWare workstation 7.x.x to work on Ubuntu/Mint/whatever Linux distro with kernel 2.9/3.x you have to apply a patch, otherwise it complains about compiling modules and won’t install. Here’s how you do that.

VMWare Mint/Ubuntu kernel 3.2.x Workstation 7.1.6.x patch

cd /usr/src/
mkdir vmware.patch
cd vmware.patch
tar xfvz vmware715fixlinux320.tar.gz
#vmreqver=7.1.5 (copy this line, then comment it out)
vmreqver=7.1.6 (add this line right below it)

VMWare tools missing kernel headers

for some reason, even though you have the kernel headers installed, vmware tools doesn’t know where to look to find them, to fix that do:

apt-get install build-essential
ln -s /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/generated/uapi/linux/version.h /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r)/include/linux/version.h

now re-run the vmware tools .pl installer.