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gliverman
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:25 am    Post subject: VMware Tools needs mkinitrd or update-initramfs Reply with quote

Can anyone help me with this? I just installed the VMware Tools package that is part of Fusion and at the end it asked if I wanted it to auto rebuild modules if needed. I said yes and then when it tried to do its thing it failed saying it could not find mkinitrd or update-initramfs. I know mkinitrd is not in portage any more but not sure how to fix this. I am using a Genkernel. Thanks!

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VMware automatic kernel modules enables automatic building and installation of
VMware kernel modules at boot they are not already present.  By selecting yes,
you will be enabling this experimental feature.  You can always disable this
feature by re-running vmware-config-tools.pl.

Would you like to enable VMware automatic kernel modules?
[yes]

No X install found.


Warning: This script could not find mkinitrd or update-initramfs and cannot
remake the initrd file!

Starting VMware Tools services in the virtual machine:
   Switching to guest configuration:                                   done
   VMware Automatic Kmods:                                             done
   Paravirtual SCSI module:                                           failed
   Guest memory manager:                                              failed
   VM communication interface:                                        failed
   VM communication interface socket family:                          failed
   Blocking file system:                                               done
   Guest operating system daemon:                                      done
   Virtual Printing daemon:                                            done
Unable to start services for VMware Tools

Execution aborted.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would avoid using the package that comes with Fusion, and emerge app-emulation/open-vm-tools instead.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EatMeerkats wrote:
I would avoid using the package that comes with Fusion, and emerge app-emulation/open-vm-tools instead.


Why? And if I do, how do I access the HGFS / shared folders
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Because open-vm-tools is Gentoo-supported and provides all the guest tools functionality while being integrated with portage for easy installation/updating. You can mount the HGFS stuff in exactly the same way in your fstab:
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.host:/                 /mnt/hgfs       vmhgfs          defaults,ttl=5  0 0
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for open-vm-tools. I had a lot of issues with the original tools, the open-vm-tools just works, I did not noticed single issue with it and all mu guests under ESXi use ii.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the help. :D The info about ESXi was also very useful as we have Gentoo and VMware at work.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a quick query.
I have Gentoo x86 running in vmware player, installed open-vm-tools.

However, the mouse release does not seem to work. I have to press ctrl-alt to release the mouse, doesn't the vmware tools do auto release, just like VirtualBox?
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