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fed 23rd June 2009 18:41

Debian Lenny with VMware Server
Hi all,

I'm having troubles installing VMware Server 2.0.1 on a Debian Lenny with Kernel 2.6.26-2-686-bigmem.

I could successfully download vmware and start the install script.

When running a message shows up that no pre-built *** modules where found for VMware Server and it has to build the modules.


Using compiler "/usr/bin/gcc-4.1". Use environment variable CC to override.

What is the location of the directory of C header files that match your running
kernel? [/lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686-bigmem/build/include]

I'm using gcc-4.1 and also the header files are in /lib/modules/2.6.26-2.686.
Building vmmon, vmci works just fine. While building vsock I get the following error message:


Building the vsock module.

Using 2.6.x kernel build system.
make: Entering directory `/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.26-2-686-bigmem/build/include/.. SUBDIRS=$PWD SRCROOT=$PWD/. modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686-bigmem'
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/linux/af_vsock.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/linux/driverLog.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/linux/util.o
  CC [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/linux/vsockAddr.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_CreateHnd" [/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_DestroyHnd" [/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
WARNING: "VMCI_GetContextID" [/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
WARNING: "VMCIDatagram_Send" [/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.ko] undefined!
  CC      /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.mod.o
  LD [M]  /tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only/vsock.ko
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686-bigmem'
cp -f vsock.ko ./../vsock.o
make: Leaving directory `/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock-only'
Unable to make a vsock module that can be loaded in the running kernel:
insmod: error inserting '/tmp/vmware-config5/vsock.o': -1 Unknown symbol in module
There is probably a slight difference in the kernel configuration between the
set of C header files you specified and your running kernel.  You may want to
rebuild a kernel based on that directory, or specify another directory.

The VM communication interface socket family is used in conjunction with the VM
communication interface to provide a new communication path among guests and
host.  The rest of this software provided by VMware Server is designed to work
independently of this feature.  If you wish to have the VSOCK feature  you can
install the driver by running again after making sure that
gcc, binutils, make and the kernel sources for your running kernel are
installed on your machine. These packages are available on your distribution's
installation CD.

Does anybody know what went wrong? Any ideas?

uname -r returns the right kernel version. I have no idea what this "slight" difference could be.

Thank you in advance.


fed 24th June 2009 15:16

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I finally found a solution for my problem. I had to uninstall an manually delete all vmware related files (like config and /etc/vmware directory).
Then, I installed the vmware server package but did not ran the config script immediately. First I copied the attached patch und ran


patch /usr/bin/ /path/to/
Then I called the normal and everything worked well. It took some time to find a working patch but this one was working great. Thanks to its writer :)

falko 24th June 2009 17:01

myro 6th December 2009 14:15

thank you fed!!!!
now it works!!!

~# lsmod | grep v
vmnet 43460 13
vsock 26032 0
vmci 52904 1 vsock
vmmon 72144 0

:) :)

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