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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: How to Install Vmware Workstation 6.5 Reply with quote

As you will notice, neither the portage tree nor the vmware overlay include ebuilds for the newest Vmware Workstation 6.5 . The new install method brings about a need to create a new install method on Gentoo and thereby also a completely rewritten ebuild. In the meantime, I have worked out the exact details here for installing using the vmware bundle installer and I want to share this to help save some time for anyone needing to install 6.5 .

1- Unmerge vmware-workstation vmware-modules

2- Delete vmware from the default runlevel

3- We must trick the vmware installer into thinking that our system has a normal Debian style init system. Open a terminal, change to root and enter the following commands one at the time. Creating these links will simulate a Debian environment.

cd /etc
ln -s init.d rc0.d
ln -s init.d rc1.d
ln -s init.d rc2.d
ln -s init.d rc3.d
ln -s init.d rc4.d
ln -s init.d rc5.d
ln -s init.d rc6.d
ln -s init.d rcS.d

4- Place VMware-Workstation-6.5.0-118166.x86_64 in /usr/src and run it in a terminal as root. It is possible to run the installer with the --custom option which will give you options for where to install everything but it would seem to me after trying it both ways that the best option is to run the installer normally and allow it to choose the default locations. Modules have built successfully for me using both gentoo-sources-2.6.26* and gentoo-sources-2.6.27 .

5- Upon successful installation, move the init script vmware created by the installer from /etc/init.d/ to /etc/vmware/init.d/, then copy /usr/portage/app-emulation/vmware-workstation/files/vmware-workstation.rc to /etc/init.d and rename it to just vmware, and make it executable.

6- Upon reboot, you should have application entries in kmenu under system for vmware player, vmware workstation and virtual network editor but if they dont show up, they are simple enough to create.

7- If you recompile your kernel and need to recompile the kernel modules, it is very simple, upon arriving at your desktop, open a terminal as your regular user, type vmware as if you are starting vmware-workstation and you will be informed that it is necessary to create modules for vmware, you will be asked for the root password and the modules will be built.


I have tested this and all normal functions appear to operate normally using this method. Until the ebuilds are ready, this seems to be a way to run the newest vmware.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for posting this...it's a good guide until the ebuild is ready. I chose a slightly different approach, but this works well.

Off topic, and hopefully not diverting conversation about this guide...since I'm a paying customer, I have voiced my displeasure at vmware for going down the more 'proprietary' route withf the installer. At least they could have the tarball option like the nvidia-drivers do...it's this kind of thing that makes it harder for large companies to make money off of linux...I am now rethinking future purchases of vmware products because of this shift, and will give a comptetitor a chance in the future.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was much easier here to get 6.5 running.

If you had vmware-workstation 6.0.x installed before, just tell the bundle installer to install the init stuff to /etc/vmware/init.d
Maybe backup /etc/vmware and the /etc/init.d/vmware script before unmerging 6.0.x. Paludis at least does not uninstall them.

The init script from workstation 6.0.x still works fine.

If you didn't have 6.0 installed before, use following:
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mkdir -p /etc/vmware/init.d/rc{0..6}.d
cp /usr/portage/app-emulation/vmware-workstation/files/vmware-workstation.rc /etc/init.d/vmware
chmod +x /etc/init.d/vmware

Then run the installer.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, the bundle installer simply will not install to /etc/init.d without the above mentioned trick, I tried several times without any luck, and the previous startup script from the ebuild didn't work.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you really want to use the gentoo init script to start vmware, skip the part about editing /etc/conf.d/local and move the init script the installer creates from /etc/init.d/ to /etc/vmware, then you need to copy /usr/portage/app-emulation/vmware-workstation/files/vmware-workstation.rc to /etc/init.d and rename it vmware.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billydv wrote:
Unfortunately, the bundle installer simply will not install to /etc/init.d without the above mentioned trick, I tried several times without any luck, and the previous startup script from the ebuild didn't work.


Yeah that's why you should install to /etc/vmware/init.d and create the fake rcX.d directories in there if they do not exist from a previous install anyway - just like the previous versions in portage do it. Then also the Gentoo init script will keep working, and you do not have to mess around with symlinks in your /etc
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 19, 2008 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately I just tired to install it to that but it refuses, I did however edit the guide to make it use the gentoo rc script.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 3:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

billydv wrote:
Unfortunately, the bundle installer simply will not install to /etc/init.d without the above mentioned trick, I tried several times without any luck, and the previous startup script from the ebuild didn't work.


The above didn't mention rcS.d along with rc[0-6].d must exist.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I included the same directories a debian system would have, whether or not it would install without creating the S link, I don't know. Frankly, after installing you can delete the symlinks or place them in a folder somewhere in the event you want to reinstall again someday.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

got it to install here but cannot run it.

scorpaen@superteh ~ $ vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-scorpaen/setup-10396.log
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vmmon.ko
license: GPL v2
description: VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: 96CBF0250D0FB3F01BFBFFC
depends:
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vmnet.ko
license: GPL v2
description: VMware Virtual Networking Driver.
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: 6B003CA83CD311898EEFEFB
depends:
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vmblock.ko
version: 1.1.2.0
license: GPL v2
description: VMware Blocking File System
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: 768B08090715A2D8C721BF3
depends:
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
parm: root:The directory the file system redirects to. (charp)
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vmci.ko
license: GPL v2
description: VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI).
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: F400DF976CFE388EBC1A0A2
depends:
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vsock.ko
license: GPL v2
version: 1.0.0.0
description: VMware Virtual Socket Family
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: EC2E0BE1F6FB039D1109ADB
depends: vmci
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
filename: /lib/modules/2.6.25-gentoo-r7/misc/vmmon.ko
license: GPL v2
description: VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author: VMware, Inc.
srcversion: 96CBF0250D0FB3F01BFBFFC
depends:
vermagic: 2.6.25-gentoo-r7 SMP mod_unload
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmwareui.so.0/libvmwareui.so.0: undefined symbol: _ZThn24_N4view10FieldEntry17delete_text_vfuncEii
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you follow my guide exactly? Did you first unmerge all vmware stuff? Also prior to beginning the vmware install, check out that you don't have leftover vmware modules on your kernel.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billydv wrote:
Did you follow my guide exactly? Did you first unmerge all vmware stuff? Also prior to beginning the vmware install, check out that you don't have leftover vmware modules on your kernel.


how do i check for leftover vmware modules?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

billydv wrote:
Did you follow my guide exactly? Did you first unmerge all vmware stuff? Also prior to beginning the vmware install, check out that you don't have leftover vmware modules on your kernel.


i wasn't sure if i got it all per your guide the first time, so with some help from folks on IRC, i stopped vmware/unloaded the modules, uninstalled vmware, manually deleted the modules, reinstalled vmware per your guide. rebooted. same symbol lookup error.
getting really frustrated.. thanks for your help
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:07 pm    Post subject: solved Reply with quote

solution:
re-install libview
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The installation from the overlay did not work out-of-the-box for me. I had to install x11-libs/gksu, update gnome-keyring-manager (previous version installed: gnome-base/gnome-keyring-0.8.1) and re-install x11-libs/libview.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get this message:

Code:
stian@dhcp-007051 ~ $ vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-stian/setup-24275.log
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmnet.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Networking Driver.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmblock.ko
version:        1.1.2.0
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Blocking File System
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     768B08090715A2D8C721BF3
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
parm:           root:The directory the file system redirects to. (charp)
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmci.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI).
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vsock.ko
license:        GPL v2
version:        1.0.0.0
description:    VMware Virtual Socket Family
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     EC2E0BE1F6FB039D1109ADB
depends:        vmci
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmwareui.so.0/libvmwareui.so.0: undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N3Gtk5FrameD1Ev


I have tried to reemerge libview, but it makes no change.

Any suggestions??
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

replazer wrote:
I get this message:

Code:
stian@dhcp-007051 ~ $ vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-stian/setup-24275.log
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmnet.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Networking Driver.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmblock.ko
version:        1.1.2.0
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Blocking File System
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     768B08090715A2D8C721BF3
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
parm:           root:The directory the file system redirects to. (charp)
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmci.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI).
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vsock.ko
license:        GPL v2
version:        1.0.0.0
description:    VMware Virtual Socket Family
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     EC2E0BE1F6FB039D1109ADB
depends:        vmci
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmwareui.so.0/libvmwareui.so.0: undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N3Gtk5FrameD1Ev


I have tried to reemerge libview, but it makes no change.

Any suggestions??


Sorry, never mind.

I reemerged gtkmm whit "accessibility" USE flag, then reemerged libview, now its working :D
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

replazer wrote:
I get this message:

Code:
stian@dhcp-007051 ~ $ vmware
Logging to /tmp/vmware-stian/setup-24275.log
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmnet.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Networking Driver.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmblock.ko
version:        1.1.2.0
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Blocking File System
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     768B08090715A2D8C721BF3
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
parm:           root:The directory the file system redirects to. (charp)
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmci.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Communication Interface (VMCI).
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vsock.ko
license:        GPL v2
version:        1.0.0.0
description:    VMware Virtual Socket Family
author:         VMware, Inc.
srcversion:     EC2E0BE1F6FB039D1109ADB
depends:        vmci
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.26-gentoo-r2/misc/vmmon.ko
license:        GPL v2
description:    VMware Virtual Machine Monitor.
author:         VMware, Inc.
depends:       
vermagic:       2.6.26-gentoo-r2 SMP preempt mod_unload PENTIUMM
/usr/lib/vmware/bin/vmware: symbol lookup error: /usr/lib/vmware/lib/libvmwareui.so.0/libvmwareui.so.0: undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N3Gtk5FrameD1Ev


I have tried to reemerge libview, but it makes no change.

Any suggestions??

Reemerge gtkmm (useflag accessibility enabled), then libview and try again.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Guys,

Its a bugger, but I cant even get past the installation stage...
I get this without any logs:

Code:

Rolling back VMware Player 2.5.0
    Deconfiguring...
Uninstalling VMware Installer 1.0
    Deconfiguring...
[####################################################################  ]  98%
Installation was unsuccessful.



Can someone please help me out with this?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer my own question:


Code:

./VMware-Workstation-6.5.0-118166.x86_64.bundle -s prefix /opt/vmware/workstation -s libdir /opt/vmware/workstation/lib -s mandir /opt/vmware/workstation/man -s docdir /opt/vmware/workstation/doc -s sbindir /opt/vmware/workstation/sbin -s datadir /opt/vmware/workstation/share -s includedir /opt/vmware/workstation/include -s sysconfdir /etc/vmware -s initdir /etc/vmware/init.d -s initscriptdir /etc/vmware/init.d --console

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am trying to create a new virtual machine in the latest workstation available and when I click: New Virtual Machine, VMWare dies, or better, it silently disappears out of sight.

I am wondering why.

The best only thing I could do was to strace it and try to figure out whats happening:
Code:
waitpid(-1, [{WIFEXITED(s) && WEXITSTATUS(s) == 0}], 0) = 19903
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_SETMASK, [], NULL, 8) = 0
--- SIGCHLD (Child exited) @ 0 (0) ---
waitpid(-1, 0xbfa13c08, WNOHANG)        = -1 ECHILD (No child processes)
sigreturn()                             = ? (mask now [])
rt_sigaction(SIGINT, {SIG_DFL, [], 0}, {0x807bc54, [], 0}, 8) = 0
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_SETMASK, [], NULL, 8) = 0
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, NULL, [], 8)  = 0
read(255, ""..., 8192)                  = 0
exit_group(0)                           = ?


This is what happens when I click on the button. Nothing special. However, before that I get things like:
Code:
read(3, "undefined symbol: ViewAutoDrawer_"..., 128) = 68
read(3, "undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N5Gnome6"..., 128) = 80
read(3, "undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N5Gnome6"..., 128) = 82
read(3, "undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N5Gnome6"..., 128) = 80
read(3, "undefined symbol: _ZThn8_N5Gnome6"..., 128) = 82


Anyone had any experience with these issues?

Moreover, I already inserted my evaluation serial code and I am running it as root. If I try to run it non-root I get:
Code:
$ vmware
/usr/bin/vmware: line 15: /etc/vmware/bootstrap: Permission denied


This happens no matter if the vmware service is running or not, which btw, when it starts, I get:
Code:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/vmware start
vmware                  | * Caching service dependencies ...              [ ok ]
vmware                  | * Loading vmblock for drag and drop support ... [ ok ]
vmware                  | * Starting VMware services:                     [ ok ]
vmware                  | *   Virtual machine monitor                     [ !! ]
vmware                  | *   Virtual machine communication interface     [ ok ]
vmware                  | *   Blocking file system                        [ ok ]
vmware                  | *   Virtual ethernet                            [ !! ]


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey,


Yea - I hit the same wall with this, and I figured what gives just recently. The hint that helped me was the ui log vmware creates, if you look at the backtrace - at least on mine, the gui was breaking upon loading libsexymm library...

The solution was to unmerge that libsexymm altogether. As soon as I did, I was once again able to call up that create wizard.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

imanassypov wrote:
Hey,


Yea - I hit the same wall with this, and I figured what gives just recently. The hint that helped me was the ui log vmware creates, if you look at the backtrace - at least on mine, the gui was breaking upon loading libsexymm library...

The solution was to unmerge that libsexymm altogether. As soon as I did, I was once again able to call up that create wizard.


You're right! Thanks...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Argh, now I am getting:
Code:

VMware Workstation Error:
VMware Workstation is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured for your running kernel. To (re-)configure it, your system administrator must find and run "vmware-config.pl". For more information, please see the VMware Workstation documentation.

But this file doesn't seem to be installed in my system at all. :( Any ideas where I can find it?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know what, it seems to me that you got some leftovers from the previous vmware installation in there...
What I did was not only did I unmerged all vmware* stuff, but also 'slocate vmware' and then rm it.

Then I installed the 6.5...

But in your case before you start blasting things away, try this:

Code:

vmware-modconfig


I believe that script vmware-config is there no more...
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