installing vmware-tools in Ubuntu-6.06?

Edmund Laugasson ed.lau at mail.ee
Wed Jan 17 16:33:04 GMT 2007


> I have Ubuntu 6.06 LTS installed as a VMware guest on my VMware server. And
> I'm trying to install the VMware tools. They give you an RPM or a gzipped
> source. So I unzipped the source, and ran the perl script. It said it
> couldn't recognize my kernel or distribution (even though I saw it unpack
> files with ubuntu in the name; I presume my kernel is a slightly later
> version of what they expect). The script offers to manually build the
> modules (kernel modules, from the look of it). So I download the kernel
> sources for it to find. Then it complains that it can't find the version.h
> file in the kernel source, which usually means that I haven't built the
> kernel myself.
> 
> Correct; I haven't. And I don't want to, if I don't have to.
> 
> So my question - has anyone gotten the vmware-tools to install in Ubuntu
> 6.06 LTS? If so, what did you have to do? 

I installed:

1) sudo apt-get install make
(UNIX make command to compile)

2) sudo apt-get install gcc
GNU C Compiler to compile kernel modules

3) sudo apt-get install linux-headers-$(uname -r)

4) a - commercial, b - freeware (current stable versions)
a) tar -zxvf VMware-workstation-5.5.3-34685.tar.gz
b) tar -zxvf VMware-server-1.0.0-28343.tar.gz

5) sudo ./vmware_install.pl

6) agreed all default settings and after some installation voila! - it 
worked!

7) I also used this command for configuring dynamic linker run-time 
bindings:
sudo ldconfig

... or do restart but this is not necessary.


I used VM Ware 5.5.3 commercial licence, I bought to my organization.
OS: Kubuntu 6.06 LTS with KDE 3.5.5 from kubuntu.org and 
universe/multiverse repositories enabled and frequently updated (using 
crontab).


Best Regards,
Edmund Laugasson
Rapla, Estonia



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