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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: 3.7 kernel and no good vmware tools found Reply with quote

I have been trying various vmware-tools packages. In this case I tried Open-vm-tools and Open-vm-tools-kmod. When I start vmware-tools I get this...

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# /etc/init.d/vmware-tools start
     * Loading vmblock module ...
     modprobe: ERROR: could not insert 'vmblock': Unknown symbol in module, or unknown parameter (see dmesg)    [ !! ]
     * Mounting vmblock device ...
     mount: mount point /proc/fs/vmblock/mountPoint does not exist             [ !! ]
     * Starting vmtoolsd ...                                                  [ ok ]
#



I have been having all sorts of trouble with vmwrae tools and 3.7 kernel (really any of the latest) and have dont quite a bit of research and trying new things. I have read a lot about a putname bug and used patches but the vmbock putname error wont go away.

I have tried vmware-modules, vmware tools from vmware, and open-vm-tools. They all have the same issue with vmblock, and supposedly its an issue with newer kernels that is really the culprit. I read that there is vmware-vmblock-fuse command that is the more modern way to mount the filesystem needed but I cant figure out how to get that working. Has anyone gotten a clean vmware tools on a 3.x kernel going?
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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bugzilla had reference to this and I added myself to that case.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

any news on this one? I run kernel 3.10.17 and still have problems with vmblock not being available
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try the latest open-vm-tools: http://sources.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewvc.cgi/gentoo-x86/app-emulation/open-vm-tools-kmod/open-vm-tools-kmod-2013.09.16.1328054.ebuild?view=markup

According to:
http://sourceforge.net/p/open-vm-tools/mailman/message/30762051/
http://sourceforge.net/p/open-vm-tools/mailman/message/30282524/

there should be no vmblock on 3+ kernels.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just installed open-vm-tools and am having this same problem.

It does say it starts successfully after the error, and vCenter Server Status tab says it is running, but I get this error when restarting it manually or when rebooting.

So, the big question is, will it WORK? I'm only really concerned about ESXi being able to safely shut down and start my gentoo guest OS.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

libertytrek wrote:
Just installed open-vm-tools and am having this same problem.

It does say it starts successfully after the error, and vCenter Server Status tab says it is running, but I get this error when restarting it manually or when rebooting.

So, the big question is, will it WORK? I'm only really concerned about ESXi being able to safely shut down and start my gentoo guest OS.


Can you please post the output of `emerge --info`? What error do you see?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it turned out to be a simple USE flag issue (bug)...

The default installed it with the -fuse USE flag set. I reinstalled after adding app-emulation/open-vm-tools fuse to package.use and the problem was solved.

I opened a bug, and it will apparently be fixed soon, by making it unconditionally depend on sys-fs/fuse.
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